Modeling Gas Dynamics in California Sea Lions
Department of Life Sciences, Texas A and M University-Corpus Christi Corpus Christi United States
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The objective of this study is to update a current gas dynamics model with recently acquired data for respiratory compliance P-V, and body compartment size estimates in California sea lions. The model will be calibrated against measured arterial and venous PO2 levels from California sea lions, and estimate the error between predicted and observed values. The model will be used to investigate specific scenarios where marine mammals could be particularly prone to decompression sickness DCS due to changes in dive behavior or physiology.