Ecosystem Modeling & Forecasting

Research focused on improved forecasting of the structure and function of marine ecosystems including the provision of ecosystem services, particularly in the Southeast U.S. coastal ocean, the Caribbean Sea, and Gulf of Mexico Large Marine Ecosystems. These regions are the primary geographic focus of this and the following two research theme areas. Modeling and forecasting topics include: human health (e.g., beach closings, fish contaminants, and harmful algal blooms), fish recruitment and productivity, and protected species sustainability and recovery, all of which are deemed relevant to NOAA’s responsibilities with respect to the assessment and management of living marine resources and their habitats. 

These research activities contribute to NOAA Mission Goal 1: Healthy Oceans – Marine fisheries, habitats, and biodiversity sustained within healthy and productive ecosystems.