GEOHAB Modelling

Written by GEOHAB Administrator   
Thursday, 30 October 2008

The GEOHAB SSC organised an international workshop on modelling of HAB dynamics for June 15-19 2009 at the Martin Ryan Institute, National University of Ireland, Galway with the goals to:

  1. Develop strategies for using observations and models to address GEOHAB Core Research Project science questions
  2. Provide Student training
  3. Produce two publications:  (a) GEOHAB report (download here), and (b) Special issue of Journal of Marine Systems. The 17 papers contained therein are available online at the JMS web site.


To access all of the presentations given at the workshop, click here.


Workshop Agenda and List of Participants here.


 Organizing Committee Dennis McGillicuddy (Chair), Icarus Allen, Marcel Babin, Allan Cembella, Wolfgang Fennel, Peter Franks, Ken Furuya, Patrick Gentien, Pat Glibert, Alan Lewitus, Marina Levy, Grant Pitcher, Robin Raine.



The workshop was organized under the auspices of the GEOHAB Program sponsors, the Scientific Committee on Oceanic Research (SCOR) and the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO. In addition to these two organizations, financial support for the workshop will be provided by the the Irish Marine Research Institute, the Irish Environmental Protection Agency, Udaras na Gaeltachta (a local authority), the U.S. National Science Foundation, NOAA's Center for Sponsored Coastal Ocean Research, and the Centre National d'Etudes Spatiales of France.





Desired Outcomes: 
  • Development of strategies for using observations and models to address the science questions articulated in the GEOHAB Core Research Project  Open Science Meeting Reports
  • Student training
  • Publications:  (1) GEOHAB report and (2) Special issue of a journal
  • Stimulate modeling activity in GEOHAB Core Research Projects (CRPs)
  • Entrain researchers at all levels (students, postdocs, faculty, etc.) into HAB modeling
  • Facilitate dialog between model developers and HAB researchers involved in process studies through joint training sessions
  • Improve understanding of HAB processes through linkage of models, in situ observations, and remote sensing
  • Foster linkage between HAB modeling and the broader community of biogeochemical, ecosystem, and population dynamics modeling
  • Highlight species-specific aspects intrinsic to HAB modeling: autecology, behavior, species interactions, toxin production, etc.
  • Improve capabilities for prediction of HABs and quantitative assessment of their skill
  • Encourage the use of advanced data assimilation techniques in HAB modeling
  • Encourage the use of observing system simulation experiments (OSSEs) in array design
  • Improve forecast products and their dissemination to maximize their benefit to the user community
  • Develop a written glossary for terminology