Studying the effect of waves on seaweed.
The National Institute for Water and Atmospheric Research of
New Zealand (NIWA) is studying the effect that ocean waves
have on a particular species of seaweed called Durvillaea
that is found mainly in New Zealands coastal waters.
Some specimens weigh in at 70kg and have fronds extending to over
10m in length. With roots so strong that it is easier to chip the rock
surround away than cut the plant to remove a specimen, they can
survive enormous waves and very harsh conditions.
As research scientist Dr. Craig Stevens explains, Seaweed species play
a vital role in the ecology of the sea shore, as its substantial biomass affects
the entire web of life in the region.
While there is a long history of understanding the fundamentals of the
plants biology, little is known about how they physically survive in an
The NIWA team chose RDP to supply sensors for the measurement phase
of the project. We required LVDTs and load cells to operate underwater in
harsh environments to get as much feedback data as possible. continued
More than one supplier didnt want to know about such a strange application,
and even despite the global Internet economy, NIWA was repeatedly referred
to local agents who didnt have the experience to help.
Dr. Stevens concluded, RDP products met our requirements for waterproof,
rugged and good resolution sensors and offered the best support.
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22nd August 2000