Disruption to benthic habitats by moorings of wave energy installations: A modelling case study and implications for overall ecosystem functioning


V Krivtsov, B Linfoot – Ecological Modeling, April 2012

Highlights
► OrcaFlex and a Matlab script was used to simulate a WEC and the resulting disturbance of bottom sediments. ► Simulations were performed for regular and irregular wave regimes. ► This is the first published estimate of the affected area of benthic habitats. ► Sediment erosion by mooring lines will effect a whole range of ecosystem processes. ► These issues are important in calculations of ecological risks of any moored objects.

 

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