Modeling Physical-Biological Responses to Climate Change in the California Current System

Type Article
Date 2013-09
Language English
Author(s) Franks Peter J. S.1, Di Lorenzo Emanuele2, Goebel Nicole L.3, Chenillat Fanny1, Riviere Pascal4, Edward Christopher A.5, Miller Arthur J.1
Affiliation(s) 1 : Univ Calif San Diego, Scripps Inst Oceanog, La Jolla, CA 92093 USA.
2 : Georgia Inst Technol, Sch Earth & Atmospher Sci, Atlanta, GA 30332 USA.
3 : Univ Calif Santa Cruz, Inst Marine Sci, Santa Cruz, CA 95064 USA.
4 : European Univ Inst, LEMAR, CNRS UBO IRD Ifremer UMR6539, Plouzane, France.
5 : Univ Calif Santa Cruz, Ocean Sci Dept, Santa Cruz, CA 95064 USA.
Source Oceanography (1042-8275) (Oceanography Soc), 2013-09 , Vol. 26 , N. 3 , P. 26-33
DOI 10.5670/oceanog.2013.42
WOS© Times Cited 15
Abstract Understanding the effects of climate change on planktonic ecosystems requires the synthesis of large, diverse data sets of variables that often interact in nonlinear ways. One fruitful approach to this synthesis is the use of numerical models. Here, we describe how models have been used to gain understanding of the physical-biological couplings leading to decadal changes in the southern California Current ecosystem. Moving from basin scales to local scales, we show how atmospheric, physical oceanographic, and biological dynamics interact to create long-term fluctuations in the dynamics of the California Current ecosystem.
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