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dc.contributor.authorAquino, Tomáses_ES
dc.contributor.authorRoche, Kevin R.es_ES
dc.contributor.authorAubeneau, Antoine F.es_ES
dc.contributor.authorPackman, Aaron Ianes_ES
dc.contributor.authorBolster, Diogo T.es_ES
dc.identifier.citationScientific Reports 7 (1): 14287 (2017)es_ES
dc.description.abstractBioturbation refers to the transport processes carried out by living organisms and their physical effects on soils and sediments. It is widely recognized as an important mixing mechanism, particularly at the sediment-water interface in many natural systems. In order to quantify its impact on mixing, we propose a process-based model based on simple assumptions about organism burrowing behavior. Specifically, we consider burrowing events to be stochastic but memoryless, leading to exponential inter-burrow waiting times and depths. We then explore the impact of two different transport mechanisms on the vertical concentration distributions predicted by the model for a conservative (inert) tracer. We compare the results of our model to experimental data from a recent laboratory study of bioturbation by the freshwater oligochaete worm Lumbriculus variegatus, and find good quantitative agreement. © 2017 The Author(s).es_ES
dc.description.sponsorshipT.A. gratefully acknowledges support by the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT) under Grant SFRH/BD/89488/2012. K.R.R. was supported by a NSF Graduate Research Fellowship. D.B. gratefully acknowledges support from NSF grant numbers EAR-1351625, EAR-1417264, and EAR-1446236. The authors would also like to thank Dr. Filip Meysman and Dr. Bernard Boudreau for valuable comments and suggestions.es_ES
dc.publisherSpringer Naturees_ES
dc.relation.isversionofPublisher's versiones_ES
dc.subjectOverlying wateres_ES
dc.titleA Process-Based Model for Bioturbation-Induced Mixinges_ES
dc.description.peerreviewedPeer reviewedes_ES
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