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Title: ENHANCING BIODIVERSITY ON TROPICAL SEAWALLS: HOW HABITAT COMPLEXITY AND FRAGMENTATION REGULATE INTERTIDAL COMMUNITIES
Authors: LOKE HUI LING, LYNETTE
Keywords: biodiversity, ecological engineering, habitat complexity, seawalls, Singapore, urban ecology
Issue Date: 20-Aug-2015
Source: LOKE HUI LING, LYNETTE (2015-08-20). ENHANCING BIODIVERSITY ON TROPICAL SEAWALLS: HOW HABITAT COMPLEXITY AND FRAGMENTATION REGULATE INTERTIDAL COMMUNITIES. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: INCREASINGLY, THE WORLD?S NATURAL COASTLINES ARE BEING REPLACED WITH MAN-MADE HARD STRUCTURES SUCH AS SEAWALLS DUE TO URBANISATION OR TO PREVENT FLOODING AND EROSION IN THE FACE OF CLIMATE CHANGE. THERE IS A GROWING INTEREST TO ENGINEER THEM IN A MORE ECOLOGICALLY SENSITIVE MANNER. IN HIGHLY URBANISED SINGAPORE, `HARD? ENGINEERING MITIGATION STRATEGIES, SUCH AS INCREASING STRUCTURAL COMPLEXITY, REMAIN THE MOST VIABLE OPTION FOR ENHANCING SEAWALL BIODIVERSITY. COMPLEXITY, HOWEVER, COMPRISES MULTIPLE PARAMETERS AND IT IS CRITICAL TO DISENTANGLE THEIR RELATIVE EFFECTS. TOWARDS THIS END, I DEVELOPED THE SOFTWARE ?CASU? AND USED IT TO DESIGN CONCRETE TILES OF DIFFERENT COMPLEXITIES WHICH WERE DEPLOYED FOR ONE YEAR TO TEST THE EFFECTS OF COMPLEXITY AND STRUCTURAL COMPONENT TYPE ON INTERTIDAL DIVERSITY AND COMMUNITY COMPOSITION. MY RESULTS DEMONSTRATE THAT STRUCTURES WITH GREATER INFORMATIONAL COMPLEXITY CAN SUPPORT GREATER DIVERSITY AND DIFFERENT COMMUNITIES AND THAT THESE EFFECTS ARE INDEPE
URI: http://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/121826
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