What is it about?
Small scale seafloor variation is a strong integrative predictor of seafloor stability. Bedforms are driven by hydrodynamic conditions and reflect the local natural dynamics. We quantify small scale variation using single-beam echo sounding through a Topographic Ruggedness Index (TRI). TRI is a strong predictor of the occurrence of macrobenthic species, showing strong differentiations between feeding guilds and mobility of species.
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Why is it important?
The obtained information on small scale bedforms as an integrated measure for spatio-temporal seafloor dynamics, is particularly valuable to gain more insight into the relative importance of natural dynamics versus anthropogenic disturbances.
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This page is a summary of: Characterizing bedforms in shallow seas as an integrative predictor of seafloor stability and the occurrence of macrozoobenthic species, Remote Sensing in Ecology and Conservation, October 2022, Wiley, DOI: 10.1002/rse2.312.
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