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The large-scale influence of the Great Barrier Reef matrix on wave attenuation

Gallop, Shari; Young, Ian; Ranasinghe, Roshanka; Durrant, Tom; Haigh, Ivan D.


Offshore reef systems consist of individual reefs, with spaces in between, which together constitute the reef matrix. This is the first comprehensive, large-scale study, of the influence of an offshore reef system on wave climate and wave transmission. The focus was on the Great Barrier Reef (GBR), Australia, utilizing a 16-yr record of wave height from seven satellite altimeters. Within the GBR matrix, the wave climate is not strongly dependent on reef matrix submergence. This suggests that...[Show more]

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Date published: 2014
Type: Journal article
Source: Coral Reefs
DOI: 10.1007/s00338-014-1205-7


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