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Winter School "Modelling the marine ecosystem from the ocean to the fish" (29 June - 10 July 2015, University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa)


Under continuing increase of the global human population, climate change and fisheries play an increasing role in driving changes in marine biodiversity, with strong implications for ecosystem services such as fish production and carbon export. In order to achieve a sustainable way of life which not only addresses current environmental challenges but also ensures a secure society well into the future, much progress has been made towards implementing the Ecosystem Approach to Fisheries (EAF) worldwide. Ecosystem modelling plays a prominent role in the EAF by allowing a better understanding of the complex ecosystem effects of key drivers such as fishing and climate, by allowing re-analyses of past dynamics of marine ecosystems, and simulating the effects of specific management measures or how the future may unfold in the long term under various "what if?" scenarios. Consisting of a suite of lectures and hands-on sessions, this course aims at providing an overview of how marine ecosystems are represented in models, from the physics and the biogeochemistry of the oceans to the fish. Emphasis will be put on how the different components of the ecosystems interact and respond to fishing and climate forcing.


Programme (coordinator: Yunne Shin, yunne-jai.shin@ird.fr)

  • Introduction to numerical ocean modelling (ROMS) –Issufo Halo (UCT)
    Stéphane Pous(MNHN): 3h
  • Coupled physical/biogeochemical modelling –Eric Machu (IRD): 3h
  • Modelling fish spatial dynamics –Olivier Maury(IRD): 3h
  • Modelling fish bioenergetics (DEB) –Olivier Maury(IRD): 3h
  • Modelling trophic interactions –Yunne Shin(IRD): 3h
  • Modelling fish larval survival –Bernardino Malauene(IIP): 3h
  • Spatio-temporal analyses of models output–Julie Deshayes(CNRS): 7h



We welcome students (Masters, PhDs, post-docs) and researchers willing to acquire knowledge on recent trends in marine ecosystem modelling.


Venue: University of Cape Town, Department of Computer Sciences, South Africa


Registration & Course Fees

Applications will be considered until 22 May 2015.

Fees: R1500 for researchers, R750 for all non-UCT students. No course fees for UCT-DEA-DAFF students and staff.


Local organization and applications to:

Yunne Shin yunne-jai.shin@ird.fr

Emlyn Balarin emlyn.balarin@uct.ac.za


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