Wave Attenuation through Rigid Vegetation

Midshipman Researcher(s): 1/C Geraldine Scholl

Adviser(s): Dr. Tori Johnson, Dr. Jaye Falls

Poster #76

Rhizophora Mangle are halophytes which grow in the intertidal zone along coastlines in southwest Florida. Species of this family have been shown to provide effective coastal protection, carbon sequestration, and shoreline erosion mitigation through wave and wind attenuation in tropical and subtropical regions for routine waves, boat wakes, and in riverine environments. This article seeks to quantify the wave dissipation ability and effectiveness of R. Mangle in the partially exposed Cocohatchee inlet during routine waves and boat wakes. The data analysis found an empirical vegetation transmission coefficient, Kmangrove to be between 0.26 and 0.41, demonstrating more than 50% wave dissipation.

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