Spatio-temporal behaviour of the deep chlorophyll maximum in Mediterranean Sea: Development of a stochastic model for picophytoplankton dynamics

Bernardo Spagnolo, Davide Valenti, Giovanni Denaro, Salem W. Zgozi, Salvatore Aronica, Gualtiero Basilone, Salvatore Mazzola, Angelo Bonanno, Christophe Brunet, Angelo La Cognata

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Abstract

In this paper, by using a stochastic reaction-diffusion-taxis model, we analyze the picophytoplankton dynamics in the basin of the Mediterranean Sea, characterized by poorly mixed waters. The model includes intraspecific competition of picophytoplankton for light and nutrients. The multiplicative noise sources present in the model account for random fluctuations of environmental variables. Phytoplankton distributions obtained from the model show a good agreement with experimental data sampled in two different sites of the Sicily Channel. The results could be extended to analyze data collected in different sites of the Mediterranean Sea and to devise predictive models for phytoplankton dynamics in oligotrophic waters.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)21-34
Number of pages14
JournalEcological Complexity
Volume13
Publication statusPublished - 2013

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Ecological Modelling

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