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Plankton functional group models – An assessment

Abstract

This Discussant's Report provides a summary of the discussions that followed presentation of the approaches and ideas described in Thingstad et al. (this volume). The discussions, which addressed aspects of conceptual understanding and parameterization that are relevant to development of ecosystem models capable of emergent behavior at a range of scales, the benefits of functional group modeling, and some of the limitations of this approach, provide insights that are relevant to setting directions for future research efforts. One important point emerging from the discussions was that reconciling the requirements of simplicity versus complexity with the desire to obtain predictive capability is an important area where biogeochemical and ecosystem models can be improved.

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Oceanography

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hal-00459536 , version 1 (24-02-2010)

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Eileen E. Hofmann. Plankton functional group models – An assessment. Progress in Oceanography, 2009, 84 (1-2), pp.16-19. ⟨10.1016/j.pocean.2009.09.002⟩. ⟨hal-00459536⟩

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