Integrated physical-ecological modelling for environmental management
Karin Ulstrup (DHI Environment and Health Ltd)

Modelling of ecological processes in the marine environment is a complex challenge due to the multitude of physical, chemical and biological interactions that take place.  Variations in marine habitats as well as biological diversity further add to the complexity of these marine systems.  Deterministic numerical models that allow coupling of hydrodynamic, sediment transport and ecological processes are ideal tools for studying marine ecosystems across a range of space and time scales.  By increasing process understanding and facilitating scenario testing of environmental changes, these modelling approaches can help to improve the environmental management of these systems.

This symposium will deal with the numerical modelling of ecological processes using deterministic modelling approaches that allow incorporation of marine hydrodynamic processes to estimate the movement/transport of organisms, particles or solutes and downstream effects on planktonic and benthic communities.  The intention is to show how a variety of modelling approaches are being used to assimilate data from multidisciplinary studies to allow scientists to focus on processes operating at various spatial and temporal scales.  New knowledge derived from these approaches leads to a better integration of research and management objectives and as a result, a greater possibility of achieving sustainable use of marine resources.

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