ERSEM 15.06: a generic model for marine biogeochemistry and the ecosystem dynamics of the lower trophic levels

Butenschon, M, Clark, JR, Aldridge, JN, Allen, JI, Artioli, Y, Blackford, JC, Bruggeman, J, Cazenave, P, Ciavatta, S, Kay, S, Lessin, G, van Leeuwen, S, Van der Molen, J, de Mora, L, Polimene, L, Sailley, SF, Stephens, N and Torres, R 2015 ERSEM 15.06: a generic model for marine biogeochemistry and the ecosystem dynamics of the lower trophic levels. Geoscientific Model Development Discussions, 8 (8). 7063-7187.

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The ERSEM model is one of the most established ecosystem models for the lower trophic levels of the marine food-web in the scientific literature. Since its original development in the early nineties it has evolved significantly from a coastal ecosystem model for the North-Sea to a generic tool for ecosystem simulations from shelf seas to the global ocean. The current model release contains all essential elements for the pelagic and benthic part of the marine ecosystem, including the microbial food-web, the carbonate system and calcification. Its distribution is accompanied by a testing framework enabling the analysis of individual parts of the model. Here we provide a detailed mathematical description of all ERSEM components along with case-studies of mesocosm type simulations, water column implementations and a brief example of a full-scale application for the North-West European shelf. Validation against in situ data demonstrates the capability of the model to represent the marine ecosystem in contrasting environments.

Item Type: Publication - Article
Subjects: Aquaculture
Atmospheric Sciences
Computer Science
Earth Sciences
Ecology and Environment
Marine Sciences
Divisions: Plymouth Marine Laboratory > Science Areas > Marine System Modelling
Depositing User: Dr Momme Butenschon
Date made live: 18 Feb 2016 15:35
Last Modified: 06 Jun 2017 16:15

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