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Modelling the coastal ocean's complex ecohydrodynamics: a case study: the northern Bering Sea
Nihoul, J.C.J.; Adam, P.; Djenidi, S.; Deleersnijder, E. (1993). Modelling the coastal ocean's complex ecohydrodynamics: a case study: the northern Bering Sea, in: Progress in Belgian Oceanographic Research, Brussels, January 21-22, 1993. pp. 203-215
In: (1993). Progress in Belgian Oceanographic Research, Brussels, January 21-22, 1993. Royal Academy of Belgium. National Committee of Oceanology: Brussel. 287 pp., more

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  • Nihoul, J.C.J., more
  • Adam, P.
  • Djenidi, S., more
  • Deleersnijder, E., more

Abstract
    There is a need for three-dimensional biogeochemical/ecosystem models. On the one hand, geochemical and ecological processes are strongly correlated with physical processes by the resonant interactions and subsequent scale matching of the ecohydrodynamic adjustment. On the other hand, ecosystems live on nutrient supplies which are partly regenerated in the water column -hence subjected to the caprices of the local hydrodynamics- , partly imported into the system through the boundaries (bottom-sediments, coasts, air-sea interface. ..) with a spatial variability which inevitably, is imprinted on the system's kinetics. The complexity of the biogeochemical processes to take into account however raises the question of the feasibility and reliability of models with very sophisticated physics and biology. A compromise has to be found, incorporating enough of each discipline's sophistication to be realistic but little enough to keep the model between tractable bounds.

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