Report of the

U.S. GLOBEC Georges Bank

Science Meeting

18 - 20 November 2003, Rhode Island


Cover Page




Presentation Abstracts

Poster Presentations

Appendix I: Agenda

Appendix II: List of Participants

Appendix III: List of Planned Publications

GBSynZ: Zooplankton Population Dynamics on Georges Bank: Model and Data Synthesis

Franks, P.,1, C. Chen2, E. Durbin3, W. Gentleman4, J. Pringle5, J. Runge6

1Marine Live Research Group, Scripps Institution of Oceanograhphy, University of California, San Diego, La Jolla, CA 92093-0218
2School of Marine Science and Technology, University of Masshachusetts-Darmouth, New Bedore, MA 02744-1221
3Graduate School of Oceanography, University of Rhode Island, Narragansett, RI 02882
4University of Washington, School of Oceanography, Seattle, WA, 98195-7940
5Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego, La Jolla, CA 92032
6Ocean Process Analysis Laboratory, University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH 03824

In this project we intend to synthesize the physical, chemical, meteorological, and biological data gathered during the US GLOBEC NW Atlantic program, as well as auxiliary data, to gain insights into the dynamics controlling seasonal and inter-annual variability of copepod populations on Georges Bank and in the Gulf of Maine. Our work will explore two main avenues: the role of advection, and population dynamics of zooplankton in the study region. The model platform for our investigations will be the new unstructured grid/finite-volume model of Chen et al. (2003). This model will be coupled with life-history models of our target species, and ecosystem models for the region. We will employ both particle-tracking and Eulerian methods in our studies. In our first phase of work we have begun the accumulation, synthesis, and quality checking of the various data sets, including zooplankton data, meteorological forcing, and boundary forcing (particularly the northern model boundary on the Scotian Shelf). I will describe some of the results our group has obtained to date, and the directions we intend to follow over the next few years of the project.

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