Most of us can imagine scientific discoveries made in field research and in the lab, but some researchers are making discoveries at their computer – by modeling the interactions between marine life and the Gulf of Maine. By focusing on a few key sets of data, they can better visualize the ecosystem and predict if, and how, it is changing. According to the developers, “The goal of Seascape Modeling is to provide up-to-the-minute (well, more likely, the month) information on efforts to understand the link between physical and biological conditions in the ocean. As our name suggests, modeling is major thrust of our research, although we interpret modeling broadly to include analytical models, computer simulations, and statistical models.” The website and the blog are great resources for students, teachers and researchers alike.
Seascape Modeling presents the news, results, and opinions of personnel in the Ecosystem Modeling Lab, a joint effort between the University of Maine’s School of Marine Sciences and the Gulf of Maine Research Institute.