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E2E EcoModel (August 2008, Ankara, Turkey)

Analysis of End-to-End Food Webs and Biogeochemical Cycles

11-16 August 2008, Ankara, Turkey

Background

The summer school was designed to provide participants with high-level teaching activities given by internationally known scientists. The summer school targeted PhD students and Post-docs working with biogeochemical cycles and end-to-end food webs. For each topic shown below, a combination of theoretical courses and practical workshops were given. The discussion and poster sessions were organized to stimulate interaction between student and also between students and the lecturers.

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Lecture series on “Main processes controlling marine food webs”

  • Fundamentals of food web structure and functioning and biogeochemical cycles: processes and parameterisations
  • Trophic cascades: depletion of top predator fishes (top-down), change in small pelagic stocks (wasp-waist), enrichment of the system (bottom-up)
  • Climate-induced controls through:
    • temperature >metabolic rates
    • stratification> nutrient fluxes > phytoplankton community structure
    • habitat modification> transport-optimal vs realised habitats
    • turbulence (turbulence-avoidance strategy vs reduction in pursuit success and capture ability)

Lecture series on “Advances in end-to-end food web modelling”

  • Coupled physical-biogeochemical models (including optics)
  • Plankton functional type models: ecology vs biogeochemisty, aggregation
  • IBMs and their coupling with lower trophic level models
  • Model skill assessments