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Physics Research International
Volume 2011, Article ID 679175, 4 pages
Research Article

A Model to Evaluate the Thermal Conductivity of the Coral Reef in Tahiti

1Laboratoire de Physique de l'Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon, Université de la Polynésie Française, Faa'a, Tahiti, 98702 Polynésie Française, France
2Université de la Méditerranée (Aix-Marseille II), 13284 Marseille Cedex 7, France

Received 5 September 2010; Revised 4 January 2011; Accepted 4 February 2011

Academic Editor: Steven Sherwood

Copyright © 2011 Alessio Guarino. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Ohm's law models have been used in several works in geophysical prospecting but have never been used for coral reef. We adapted such a model to the barrier reef of Papeete (Tahiti island) in order to estimate of its thermal conductivity. We found the thermal conductivity of the barrier reef is about four times greater than that of the water. The results are then validated by the mean of experimental measurements.