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Speaker to Preview the Atlantis Model, Coming Soon to the Chesapeake Bay

An Old Dominion University seminar on Monday, Nov. 15, will provide an introduction to the Atlantis Model, the exceptionally useful software tool for analyzing marine ecosystems that is now being adapted to study the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries.

Tom Ihde, who is leading the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's efforts to develop the Chesapeake Atlantis Model (CAM), will speak at 3:30 p.m. in ODU's Center for Coastal Physical Oceanography, Room 3200 Innovation Research Park Building 1. The seminar is free and open to the public, as is the reception with refreshments that begins at 3.

The Atlantis Model was developed in Australia, and during the past five years has been put to use in 20 marine systems worldwide. NOAA is also applying the model to distinct systems other than the Chesapeake Bay, both on the West Coast and East Coast.

Atlantis has proven to be so useful because it provides a whole-ecosystem simulation and a management strategy evaluation. It does this by integrating spatially explicit information about the geochemistry, biology and physical factors that drive ecosystems. It also factors in economic and social pressures that, for example, affect the fishing activity allowed in the study region.

Elsewhere on the East Coast, NOAA has used the approach to promote sustainable fisheries in a context of climate change. Atlantis is designed to provide resource managers with science-based predictions for different management choices within an ecosystem context.

Once the CAM is perceived by NOAA to be useful in capturing and predicting essential bay dynamics, it is expected to be a valuable tool for identifying critical information gaps, for assisting managers in prioritizing research, for providing supplementary information that complements traditional single-species stock assessments and for research scientists in testing and generating research hypotheses.

More about CAM is at http://chesapeakebay.noaa.gov/ecosystem-modeling/chesapeake-atlantis-model-.

This article was posted on: November 15, 2010

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