Ecosystem  Modeling Analysis

One of the Coastal Observing Center's strategic goals is to serve as the focal point for coordination and development of models that can be used as tools for decision making by resource managers. End-users will be brought into the development phase, with the potential for the coupled models to generate products for prediction of harmful algal blooms; understanding and forecasting habitat and environmental conditions for success of recruitment into Western Gulf of Maine (WGOM) fish, lobster and shrimp populations; understanding and forecasting effects of global change on the WGOM ecosystem; and the fate of primary production and the cycling of carbon and other elements in the coastal ocean. The coupled physical-biological model for the WGOM will have a number of benefits to the regional Gulf of Maine observing system, including generation of new products for its end-users. The model will have the capacity to organize and use observing data toward a mechanistic understanding and forecasting of change in WGOM ecosystem variables, and for the visualization of ecosystem processes for coastal resource managers.

Physical Circulation Models

Biogeochemical Models

Copepod Population Dynamics

Larval Fish Transport and Recruitment Processes

Carbon Cycling in Coastal Waters of the Western Gulf of Maine

The University of Maine's Live Access Server provides oceanographic time series data for the Gulf of Maine. LAS can be used to select, subset, and visualize oceanographic data and supports several output formats. Temporal range: 1984 to the present.