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Peel Harvey Estuary, Quantitative modeling workshop

posted on 2023-05-25, 02:41 authored by Loneragan, N, Hall, NG, Lozano-Montes, H, Chuwen, BM
A workshop was held at CSIRO Floreat on 7 October 2010 to discuss the modelling platforms and pathways for development of a quantitative ecosystem model for the Peel Harvey estuarine system that will have broad applicability to other south-western Australian estuaries and will produce reliable predictions of the outcomes of alternative management strategies. Representatives from a broad range of agencies, universities and non-government organisations attended and agreed that such modelling must be undertaken in a staged approach with separate modules, including those for catchment(s), hydrodynamic, biogeochemical, ecological/food web, human use and socio-economic sub-models. Modules should be capable of being developed in parallel and such sub-models must be able to take into account the pressures of population and climate change. The modelling task will require a long-term commitment, and the key to its success will be the establishment of an appropriate organisational structure with the necessary personnel, responsibilities, and funding to lead and coordinate modelling activity. The workshop participants considered that the pathway for the development of a quantitative ecosystem model for the Peel Harvey should involve 1) the establishment of a estuarine modelling reference group, 2) the use of the outcomes of qualitative modelling to produce conceptual models of the various ecosystem components, 3) a “report card” or condition report to engage community and stakeholders and 4) the parallel development of the sub-models, preferably using open source code. This report outlines the series of recommendations which evolved from the workshop and which will enable the development of a quantitative ecosystem model for the Peel Harvey Estuary.


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Western Australian Marine Science Institution


4.3.2. Ecosystem Mod




Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies


Western Australian Marine Science Institution

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