An Ecological Model of the Lower Marine Trophic Levels on the Continental Shelf off West Florida.
FLORIDA STATE UNIV TALLAHASSEE GEOPHYSICAL FLUID DYNAMICS INST
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A simulation model of the flow of the biologically limiting nutrient through the lower trophic levels phytoplankton, zooplankton, pelagic fish, detritus, and limiting nutrient dissolved in the water column of a marine ecosystem over a continental shelf is presented. Interrelated processes of this time dependent, spatial, nonlinear, physical-chemical-biological model include advection, diffusion, several biotic and abiotic environmental conditions, and numerous biological processes. The maximum rate of nutrient uptake by phytoplankton, Vm, is found to be a fundamental time scale to which both physical and biological processes can be related. Modified author abstract
- Biological Oceanography