rugosity index for habitat complexity

Caroly Shumway cshumway at
Tue May 26 15:11:01 EDT 1998

Dear coral-listers, I am looking for a reference that describes the
method for a "rugosity index" to assess habitat complexity of coral reefs,amd
hope that a kind soul out there might help. I understand that it uses the
measure of chain length to assess surface topology, but would very much like
to have a reference, if possible. I've checked BIOSIS and Aquatic Fisheries
Abstracts to no avail.

Many thanks in advance. Sincerely, Caroly Shumway, Ph.D.
Caroly Shumway, Ph.D.
Boston University Marine Program and
The Center for Ecology and Conservation Biology
5 Cummington Street
Boston University
Boston, MA 02215

E-mail: cshumway at, cashumway at
Ph: 617-353-6969
Fax: 401-769-4598

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