Modified hydrodynamics in fragmented canopies exposed to oscillatory flows

El Allaoui, Nazha
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The general objective of this doctoral thesis has been to contribute to understand the modification of hydrodynamics in fragmented canopies. The effect of different parameters such as the canopy density, the plant height and flexibility and the architecture of the gap has been studied. Ecological implications of the results have been discussed. Results point that the fluxes of biological particles, nutrients and sediments in fragmented canopies are modified compared with those for non-fragmented canopies, impacting on their ecological function. Therefore, canopies may optimize their structural characteristics to moderate the impact of fragmentation. This thesis shows that plant density and flexibility interacts with the gap width and the degree of fragmentation to facilitate sheltering in a manner not previously predicted ​
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