Stream 1: Environment
- Ana Carolina Mazzuco
- Dept. of Oceanography, Federal University of Espírito Santo, Brazil
The aims of this session are to address and share the current advances in forecasting physical-biological processes at the coastal environments, and promote the discussion on monitoring systems and networks, modelling techniques and validation efficiency. Physical-biological coupling is an important field of Ocean Sciences, which particularly gained relevancy after the corroboration of the global climate changes. Thereat, there has been an increase in the efforts to monitor biological and physical processes simultaneously, in order to understand the links and levels of dependency. Although physical information about the ocean surface is generated in real time synoptically at global scales, obtaining biological data with high temporal resolution at large scales may be logistically impossible at most coastal environments. Therefore, forecasting biological processes through physical scenarios is an urgent need for understanding the ecosystem functioning and promote ecosystem-based management. There is still very little effort on developing efficient modelling systems for physical-biological processes, as well as on empirical validation. Thus, more opportunities to share new data and discuss key issues in physical-biological forecasting will certainly contribute to the advance of estuarine and marine sciences.