The use of telescoping spatial scales to capture inshore to slope dynamics in marine ecosystem modeling

Penelope Johnson, Elizabeth Fulton, David C. Smith, Gregory P. Jenkins, Neville Barrett

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Abstract

Ecosystem processes function at many scales, and capturing these processes is a challenge for ecosystem models. Nevertheless, it is a necessary step for considering many management issues pertaining to shelf and coastal systems. In this paper, we explore one method of modeling large areas with a focus at a range of scales. We develop an ecosystem model that can be used for strategic management decision support by modeling the waters off southeastern Australia using a polygon telescoping approach, which incorporates fine-scale detail at the coastal zone, increasing in scale to a very coarse scale in the offshore areas. This telescoping technique is a useful tool for incorporating a wide range of habitats at different scales into a single model.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)335-364
Number of pages30
JournalNatural Resource Modeling
Volume24
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 2011
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Atlantis
  • Ecosystem model
  • Ecosystem-based management
  • Management strategy evaluation
  • Model complexity
  • Spatial structure

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