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By John L. Farrands (auth.), Roger Bradbury (eds.)

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In August 1988. the 6th overseas Coral Reef Symposium used to be held in Townsville leading to an inflow of many of the world's coral reef sCientists to the town. We seized this chance on the Australian Institute of Marine technology to run a small workshop instantly prior to the symposium at the outbreaks of the crown-of-thorns starfish. Aeanthaster planei. We invited that small band of mathematicians who were modelling the phenomenon, (and who would possibly not have quite often attended a world assembly so completely devoted to traditional technological know-how) to satisfy with these SCientists who were been actively engaged on the phenomenon within the box. John Casti notes in his pleasant new publication exchange Realities (Wiley, 1989): 'If the normal position of the experimenter is to generate new observables through which we all know the methods of Nature, and the ordinary position of the mathematician is to generate new formal constructions through which we will symbolize those methods. then the process SCientist unearths his area of interest through serving as a dealer among the 2. ' i believe our publication exhibits the end result of that brokerage during the wide variety of types explored inside of its pages. the excessive point of collaboration and interplay throughout disciplines glaring within the person papers, and within the rising synthesis that displays a much deeper knowing of this complicated phenomenon than used to be attainable even many years ago.

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This is because the adult starfish population would not be large enough to support sufficiently the high levels of aggregation necessary to produce a limit cycle. The general result described above shows the dependence of the outbreak wave on the long-timescale seasonal advection current and on the mesoscale dynamics. It suggests a mechanism by which the wave could be disrupted or even modulated. Long-term changes in advection current behaviour, over intervals of two to ten years, could radically influence characteristics of the wave.

The CHS theory makes the following definition of wave stability. 2) if, for every E > 0, there is a 0> 0 and t, > 0 such that, if dist( ~l> T) + IIgrad ~IIIL' < 0, 51 A DIFFUSIO~-REAcrION-TRANSPORT MODEL 87 then II U(', t) - r(t)IIL'';;; E for all t ;;. tEo Here. LX indicates the uniform sup norm for functions almost everywhere on Q (and L2 denotes the usual no'rm of square integrable functions on Q). Uo is a vector solution at time t = 0. 1) and Assumption A, with Uo in the in variant set L determined by the stable limit cycle of the lumped-parameters system.

RriBf Reef CD ~ 18' 5 j 20"5 22"S 1966 1970 1. Contour plot of percentage of reefs with high starfish abundance in samples from latitude-year sectors of the GBR. Solid dots indicate sectors where more than 5% of the total number N of reefs in that sector were sampled (where 78 < N < 599). Shaded areas indicate no samples taken. Note that of the two peaks apparent, the second is much better documented than the first. , 1988). FIG. The mesoscale dynamics of secondary outbreaks on the GBR has been modelled by Antonelli & Kazarinoff (1984, 1986, 1988) and Antonelli et al.

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