New publication - Reviews and syntheses: Parameter identification in marine planktonic ecosystem modelling
Jun 27, 2016
To describe the underlying processes involved in oceanic plankton dynamics is crucial for the determination of energy and mass flux through an ecosystem and for the estimation of biogeochemical element cycling. Many planktonic ecosystem models were developed to resolve major processes so that flux estimates can be derived from numerical simulations. These results depend on the type and number of parameterisations incorporated as model equations. Furthermore, the values assigned to respective parameters specify a model's solution. Representative model results are those that can explain data, therefore data assimilation methods are utilised to yield optimal estimates of parameter values while fitting model results to match data. Central difficulties are 1) planktonic ecosystem models are imperfect and 2) data are often too sparse to constrain all model parameters.