Thursday, May 3, 2007
Rivers, tides, diatoms, oysters, and Fortran: Big-picture biophysical
coupling in recent models of the Northwest coast and estuaries
This talk will give an overview of results from recent synthesis modeling in the Columbia River plume region and Willapa Bay, Washington. The goal is to show what we know and what we don't about the mechanistic connections between physical forcing (riverflow, tides, and large-scale winds) and patterns of primary and secondary production--or at least what we can reproduce and what we can't, using numerical models that are spatially detailed but biologically simple. Some first hypotheses about mechanistic pathways linking climate change with changes in primary production in these systems will be presented.
Neil Banas is a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the UW School of Oceanorgraphy.