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Marine universal structural model

Objective



The work focuses on the structural dynamic changes that take place in shallow marine waters and the factors that determine these changes. Particularly, the changes from Ulva to Eel
grass are of interest in this study. Three marine ecosystems, where pronounced structural changes have been observed in the three participating countries are included in the
investigation: the Lagoon of Venice (Italy), the Estuary of
Mondego (Portugal), and Roskilde Fjord (Denmark).

Based upon existing measurements, a structural dynamic
ecological model will be developed in three steps:

1) a relatively simple model to reveal which properties are determining the selection;

2) a more detailed model encompassing the relevant species as state variables; and

3) a model with goal functions, able to describe the
transition from one to another dominant species.

The expected results of the project are therefore:

- to state to what extent it is possible to develop
structural dynamic models and how the development of such
models can be achieved,

- to state which factors are most responsible for the
structural dynamic changes observed in polluted shallow
waters exemplified by the three ecosystems included in
the project.

Funding Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts

Coordinator

THE UNIVERSITY OF PHARMACEUTICAL SCIENCES
Address
2,Universitetsparken 2
2100 Koepenhagen
Denmark

Participants (2)

Universidade de Coimbra
Portugal
Address
Largo Marquês De Pombal
3049 Coimbra
Università degli Studi di Padova
Italy
Address
Via F. Marzolo 9
35131 Padova