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Towards operational forecasting of ecosystem dynamics: Benchmarking and Grid-enabling of an ecological model

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Acronym: BGEM
Period: January 2008 till April 2010
Status: Completed

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  • National Laboratory of Civil Engineering; Estuaries and Coastal Zones Division (LNEC-DHA-NEC), more, co-ordinator

A research proposal between the National Civil Engineering Laboratory (LNEC, Portugal) and the Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU, U.S.A.) is briefly presented. This proposal aims to integrate complementary research strengths at the two institutions towards the development of a nowcast-forecast system for water quality prediction in estuarine and coastal waters. The Portuguese partners will provide the water quality models and the American institution will provide the innovative nowcast-forecast technology.

The specific goals of the project are

1) to transfer OHSU's technology and knowledge on nowcast-forecast systems to LNEC,

2) to identify ways to integrate the water quality models in development at LNEC into existing OHSU nowcast-forecast systems;

3) to identify the necessary changes in the water quality models and nowcast-forecast technology towards their adequacy for application of the European Water Framework Directive in Portuguese coastal systems; and

4) to reinforce existing working collaborations and to establish a long-term relationship between the two institutions, through the identification of long-term funding mechanisms for common research goals.

This project will be an integral component of the new NSF Science and Technology Center for Coastal Margin Observation and Prediction (CMOP), a multi-year, multiinstitution research center led by the American partner.

The project also involves a suite of educational activities at OHSU targeting LNEC’s young researchers at different stages of their careers. These students will benefit from the mentoring of an interdisciplinary network of experts in estuarine and coastal analysis, thereby gaining early career introductions in a wide range of areas such as numerical modeling, remote acquisition of field data and their integration in ocean observing systems. Participation in workshops such as the annual ELCIRC/SELFE users’ meeting will provide an additional opportunity for these students to exchange their experience with other colleagues in the same field of research and to provide them with a network of contacts.

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