Ecosystem Modelling at NIWA

Some of the geophysical processes that were incorporated into the Atlantis model of New Zealand's Tasman-Golden Bay region. [Erika Mackay, NIWA]

At NIWA, we consider all components of the marine ecosystem important when trying to better understand the role of dynamic, ecosystem processes on the distribution and abundance of marine organisms in New Zealand’s marine environments.

To do this, researchers at NIWA have developed and/or use a suite of ecosystem modelling tools that range from representing a part of the ecosystem (e.g. ROMS Coupled physical-biologeochemical modelling) to whole-ecosystem models (e.g. Atlantis). Each of the modelling platforms in use, or being developed is described in further detail below – including the contact information for the associated researchers. 




Research subject: Ecosystems