||Savina Marie1, Menesguen Alain1
||1 : IFREMER, Ctr Brest, Dept DYNECO, F-29280 Plouzane, France.
||Journal of Marine Systems (0924-7963) (Elsevier), 2008-03 , Vol. 70 , N. 1-2 , P. 63-76
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||Spatial distribution, Meroplanktonic invertebrates, Growth model, Population dynamics model, Paphia rhomboides, English Channel
||This paper describes the development of a modelling framework to study the distribution in the English Channel of a benthic bivalve with planktonic larvae, Paphia rhomboides. Age-structured population dynamics and growth models are linked together to a compartmental transport and NPZ (Nutrients-Phytoplankton-Zooplankton) model. Used in a spin-up mode, i.e. with identical environmental forcing from a year to the next, this deterministic model converges to the same steady state whatever the initial conditions, after 15-30 years of simulation. Important features of the P. rhomboides distribution are reproduced, particularly its high abundance in the GNB (Golfe Normand-Breton) and its almost complete absence in the Western Channel. The results are discussed in relation with the modelling strategies, especially with regard to the advantages and drawbacks which could result from changing the box-model approach into a fine 3D hydrodynamic approach. (C) 2007 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.