Online-coupling of widely-ranged timescales to model coral reef development

Environmental Modeling and Software
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The increasing pressure on Earth's ecosystems due to climate change is becoming more and more evident and the impacts of climate change are especially visible on coral reefs. Understanding how climate change interacts with the physical environment of reefs to impact coral growth and reef development is critically important to predicting the persistence of reefs into the future. In this study, a biophysical model was developed including four environmental factors in a feedback loop with the coral's biology: (1) light; (2) hydrodynamics; (3) temperature; and (4) pH. The submodels are online coupled, i.e. regularly exchanging information and feedbacks while the model runs. This ensures computational efficiency despite the widely-ranged timescales. The composed biophysical model provides a significant step forward in understanding the processes that modulate the evolution of coral reefs, as it is the first construction of a model in which the hydrodynamics are included in the feedback loop.

Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Online-coupling of widely-ranged timescales to model coral reef development
Series title Environmental Modeling and Software
DOI 10.1016/j.envsoft.2021.105103
Volume 143
Year Published 2021
Language English
Publisher Elsevier
Contributing office(s) Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center, St. Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science Center
Description 105103, 12 p.
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