Marine Ecosystem Dynamics Modeling Laboratory

Gulf of Maine/Georges Bank

The Gulf of Maine (GoM)/Georges Bank (GB) is one of the most highly productive regions in the world. Our research in this region started in 1989, and focused on the physical-biological interaction on Georges Bank. Initially we used ECOM-si ( a version of POM) to examine the impacts of physical processes on the plankton dynamics in 1992. In our research, we found that the structured grid approach of ECOM-si/POM limited the capability of the model to resolve flow features in regions of steep and complex bathymetry. In response to this finding, we developed FVCOM, an unstructured grid model. At present, FVCOM has been demonstrated to be an advanced model that is capable of resolving the tidal resonance in the GoM, strong clockwise clockwise circulation over GB, frontal dynamics, eddy shedding, low-salinity plume, and other processes important to the complex Gulf circulation. Our resarach is funded through the NSF/NOAA Georges Bank/GLOBEC Program and the NOAA-SMAST fishery programs. The research is conducted in collaboration with the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, MIT, as well as other institutions.

Posted on October 21, 2013