ZOOPLANKTON FORMULATIONS IN MARINE BIOGEOCHEMICAL MODELS
PI and organization: U. Daewel (HZG)
Co-Is: J. Schulz-Stellenfleth (HZG), C. Schrum (HZG), A. Samuelsen (NERSC), V. Çağlar Yumruktepe (NERSC)
Abstract: With ZOOMBI we aim at improving the zooplankton formulation in operationally used marine ecosystem models and thus paving the way for coupling higher and lower trophic levels for operational services. This will be facilitated by implementing both fish and macrobenthos as functional groups to the TOPAZ-ECOSMO model system, which is currently used for operational services in the Arctic Ocean. Not only will this allow a spatially and temporally dynamical description of zooplankton predation, but also a better, biologically founded representation of the benthic-pelagic coupling. In the proposed project, this coupling will be further improved by additionally implementing a new sinking scheme for particulate organic carbon (POC).
The combination of these processes will improve simulating the spatial and temporal distribution of zooplankton in addition to the vertical nutrient distribution and marine carbon export. Since the improved model system will include descriptions for higher trophic level and benthic production this is a first step towards operational services for marine fish and fisheries. To evaluate the models potential for this purpose and test the impact of data assimilation for the models performance we propose to conduct Observing System Simulation Experiments (OSSEs) within the frame of ZOOMBI.