Mancini, Gianluca, Daniele Ventura, Edoardo Casoli, Andrea Belluscio, and Giandomenico Ardizzone. 2022. “Colonization of Transplanted Posidonia Oceanica: Understanding the Spatial Dynamics through High-Spatial Resolution Underwater Photomosaics.” Pp. 719–28 in Ninth International Symposium “Monitoring of Mediterranean Coastal Areas: Problems and Measurement Techniques,” edited by L. Bonora, D. Carboni, M. De Vincenzi, and G. Matteucci. Florence: Firenze University Press.
Following the restoration of a Posidonia oceanica meadow impacted by theConcordia shipwreck, we investigated the spatial dynamic of the most important andprotected Mediterranean endemic seagrass over a two-year period applying three spatialmetrics: number of patches, mean patch size and total cover. By means of underwaterphotomosaics, we noticed a diminution in the number of patches in favour of the mean sizeand total cover. The outcomes showed that, under suitable environmental conditions,P. oceanica colonizes rapidly the dead matte substrate. This study underlines the importanceof considering the spatial dynamic of transplanted seagrasses in monitoring programmes andgives new insights on the progression rate of transplanted P. oceanica.