Comparison of three methods for quantifying topographic complexity on rocky shores

Tom Wilding, Edwin Palmer, Nick Polunin

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Abstract

Topographic complexity (TC) is an important factor in determining community structure in aquatic habitats and there are numerous methods for its estimation. Here we assess and compare three (chain, divider and distance-wheel) methods across different users and substrata over scales of 78-1030 mm. All three techniques showed the same basic trend in TC over different substrata. However, the chain took approximately 1.5x as long to use, at larger-scales (>271 mm), as the other techniques and resulted in highly variable TC estimates. The chain and divider techniques both have the potential to miss relevantly scaled TC depending on the survey starting point, a disadvantage not suffered by the distance-wheel. TC measured using the distance-wheel was approximately 1.8x that recorded by the divider technique and significantly (P50 mm. Crown Copyright (C) 2009 Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)143-151
Number of pages9
JournalMAR ENVIRON RES
Issue number9
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2010

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Keywords

  • Environmental Sciences
  • CORAL-REEF
  • FISH ASSEMBLAGES
  • ECOLOGY
  • Marine & Freshwater Biology
  • SCALES
  • STRUCTURAL COMPLEXITY
  • DIVERSITY
  • HABITAT COMPLEXITY
  • SURFACE COMPLEXITY
  • COMMUNITY
  • FRACTAL GEOMETRY
  • Toxicology

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