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Ocean and Earth Science, National Oceanography Centre Southampton

Research project: Effects of Posidonia oceanica on sediment transport: implications for the protection of shorelines

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Investigating the effects of natural shallow Posidonia oceanica meadows on wave induced flows and sediment dynamics, and the implications for coastal protection.

This multidisciplinary project aims to assess the effect of Posidonia oceanica on the currents induced by waves, and on sediment transport, which both have significant implications for coastal protection. In particular, this study aims to verify laboratory results that investigated the ability of Posidonia to alter wave currents and the turbulent structure of the boundary layer. The project also seek direct evidence of how the Posidonia changes the sediment dynamics and transport of beach sand, with application to preventing coastal erosion and associated effects on the tourist economy of Sardinia.

Funding agency: Sardinian Government

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