MaBenE aims at developing a modular, coupled physical-biological model describing the dynamics and biodiversity of estuarine and coastal systems characterised by large (cultivated) populations of shellfish. Based on extensive field studies of physical-biological coupling, as well as on comprehensive system descriptions (for Limfjorden, Oosterschelde, Ria de Vigo) it will develop new model descriptions for the relation between physics, biogeochemistry and biodiversity as a function of forcing by physical conditions, management of the shellfish populations and external human pressure from eutrophication. The model will be flexible in structure. It will be tested in small-scale applications against the field measurements, and applied to whole-system simulations at the three study sites to demonstrate its use in management to relevant stakeholders.
Funding SchemeCSC - Cost-sharing contracts
LL59 5EY Gwynedd