The effects of physical forcing on pelagic ecosystem are studied using numerical models, in which ecological and physical processes are coupled. The implications of the mathematical formulation of coupling are discussed, outlining the different parameterisation in combining spatial and temporal scales. Existing 3D and ID numerical models of the Mediterranean Sea are presented, The results are used to assess the respective roles of light and nutrients in limiting phytoplankton growth and to suggest that the East-West trophic gradient in Mediterranean is the result of the superposition of biological pump and estuarine inverse circulation. (C) 1999 Elsevier Science Ltd. All rights reserved.

The Mediterranean pelagic ecosystem response to physical forcing

Crispi G;Solidoro C
1999

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The effects of physical forcing on pelagic ecosystem are studied using numerical models, in which ecological and physical processes are coupled. The implications of the mathematical formulation of coupling are discussed, outlining the different parameterisation in combining spatial and temporal scales. Existing 3D and ID numerical models of the Mediterranean Sea are presented, The results are used to assess the respective roles of light and nutrients in limiting phytoplankton growth and to suggest that the East-West trophic gradient in Mediterranean is the result of the superposition of biological pump and estuarine inverse circulation. (C) 1999 Elsevier Science Ltd. All rights reserved.
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