Integrating a circulation model and an ecological model to simulate the dynamics of Zooplankton

M. Rodrigues, A. Oliveira, H. Queiroga, Y. J. Zhang, A. B. Fortunato, A. M. Baptista

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Abstract

Zooplankton plays a fundamental role in the estuarine food web. Thus, understanding the factors that affect the distribution of estuarine zooplankton is of major concern for the management of estuaries. An integrated modeling approach, coupling a hydrodynamics and an ecological model, is presented here to simulate the three-dimensional dynamics of zooplankton. The hydrodynamics is computed with SELFE, a 3D baroclinic circulation model. The ecological model is based on an extension of EcoSim 2.0, which allows the simulation of several ecological state variables, to account for zooplankton dynamics. Some test cases are presented that validate the changes made in the EcoSim 2.0 and the integration of the hydrodynamic and ecological models. A sensitivity analysis is also performed to check the influence of the input parameters of the ecological model in the final results, showing the phytoplankton's temperature-dependent growth parameters as the most important, for phytoplankton, inorganic nutrients and DIC pools.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationEstuarine and Coastal Modeling - Proceedings of the 10th International Conference
Pages427-446
Number of pages20
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2008
Event10th International Conference on Estuarine and Coastal Modeling - Newport, RI, United States
Duration: Nov 5 2007Nov 7 2007

Publication series

NameProceedings of the International Conference on Estuarine and Coastal Modeling

Other

Other10th International Conference on Estuarine and Coastal Modeling
CountryUnited States
CityNewport, RI
Period11/5/0711/7/07

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Modeling and Simulation
  • Geotechnical Engineering and Engineering Geology

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Rodrigues, M., Oliveira, A., Queiroga, H., Zhang, Y. J., Fortunato, A. B., & Baptista, A. M. (2008). Integrating a circulation model and an ecological model to simulate the dynamics of Zooplankton. In Estuarine and Coastal Modeling - Proceedings of the 10th International Conference (pp. 427-446). (Proceedings of the International Conference on Estuarine and Coastal Modeling). https://doi.org/10.1061/40990(324)26