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Thursday, July 4, 2013 — 10:30 AM EDT

MC 5158

Shyamila Perera, Applied Mathematics, University of Waterloo

Mathematical Modeling and Numerical Simulation of Marine Ecosystems

Sea-ice ecosystem modeling is a novel field of research. In this thesis, the main organism studied is sea-ice algae. A basic introduction to algae and its importance in the aquatic food web is given first. An introduction to modeling and its purposes is presented, and this is followed by a brief description of ice algae models in practice with some physical conditions which influence ecosystem modeling. In the following chapter, a simple mathematical model to represent the algae population is derived, and analyzed using pseudo spectral numerical methods implemented with MATLAB. The behaviour of the algae population and the boundary layers are discussed by examining the numerical results. Perturbation and asymptotic analysis is used for further analysis of the system using Maple. In the following Chapter a Nutrient Phytoplankton Zooplankton Detritus (NPZD) model, which is a commonly used type of model in marine ecosystem modeling, is developed based on the framework of Soetaert and Herman. The model is examined under five different experimental setups (herein we mean numerical experiments) and the results are discussed. The NPZD model implemented is compared with a well-studied model in the literature. Our model can be considered somewhat simpler than other models in the literature (though it still has a much larger parameter space than the idealized model discussed previously). Finally we discuss future directions for research.

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University of Waterloo

MC 5158

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Canada

**Contact Info**

Department of Applied Mathematics

University of Waterloo

Waterloo, Ontario

Canada N2L 3G1

Phone: 519-888-4567, ext. 32700

Fax: 519-746-4319

PDF files require Adobe Acrobat Reader

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