Better use of directly-observed data in ecosystem simulation models
University of Miami
DWH Project Funding
Known Leveraged Funding
The U.S. Department of Treasury
The RESTORE Act Funds Bucket 5: Centers of Excellence Research Grant Program
Ecological models provide understanding of marine ecosystem conditions, help manage living resources, and guide restoration decisions made after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Eco-models currently applied in the northern Gulf of Mexico (GOM) require monitoring data from various sources, e.g., landings, research surveys and remote-sensing from satellites, but use only a fraction of these data. The goal of this project to improve use of products derived from monitoring data in GOM ecosystem models by: 1) reviewing use of products derived from monitoring data in GoM models; and 2) working with eco-modelers, survey scientists, and fishing industry representatives to suggest survey improvements needed to fill critical data gaps in GOM eco-models.
Location is center of study area off west coast of FL