Marine Ecology Progress Series

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Connections between hydrodynamic and trophic models with human dimensions. Arrow thickness and style represent frequency of application.
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Advancing dynamic modelling of marine populations and ecosystems
Marine ecosystems continue to be altered by numerous pressures, and it is increasingly recognized that the combined impact may not always be predictable. In response, management is becoming more holistic, using e.g. Integrated Ecosystem Assessments (IEAs) that consider all components – including the human dimension (i.e. social and economic activities and interests). New, dynamic modelling tools are available to support IEA and allow decision-makers to understand and weigh trade-offs. This Theme Section, organised by the ICES Working Group on Integrative, Physical-biological and Ecosystem Modelling (WGIPEM), is designed to highlight state-of-the-art, process-based models and how they are being applied to address a broad range of marine research and management topics. Contributions are encouraged on a variety of themes but especially on: (1) population- to ecosystem-level responses to different individual or interacting pressures, (2) improved depictions of the trophodynamic structure and function of ecosystems, (3) quantifying uncertainty and evaluating the skill of complex models, and (4) simulating ecosystem monitoring and/or management strategy evaluation.

For questions, contact Christine Paetzold (Managing Editor; christine.paetzold(at)

Organizers: Solfrid Sætre Hjøllo, Marie Maar, Sonja van Leeuwen

Editors: Aaron Adamack, Lisandro Benedetti-Cecchi, Alejandro Gallego, Myron Peck, Corinna Schrum, Ingrid van Putten, Brian Wells

Status: Submissions are closed.

Individual Theme Section articles are published 'Advance View' as soon as they are ready. Once the Theme Section is completed, they will be fully published in a regular volume of MEPS and given a volume number and page range. Theme Section literature cites within the articles will also be updated at that time.

Skogen MD, Ji R, Akimova A, Daewel U, Hansen C, Hjøllo SS, van Leeuwen SM, Maar M, Macias D, Mousing EA, Almroth-Rosell E, Sailley SF, Spence MA, Troost TA, van de Wolfshaar K
OPINION PIECE: Disclosing the truth: Are models better than observations?
MEPS DYNMOD: AV1 | Full text in pdf format

Pastor A, Larsen J, Hansen FT, Simon A, Bierne N, Maar M
Agent-based modeling and genetics reveal the Limfjorden, Denmark, as a well-connected system for mussel larvae
MEPS DYNMOD: AV2 | Full text in pdf format

Hjøllo SS, Hansen C, Skogen MD
Assessing the importance of zooplankton sampling patterns with an ecosystem model
MEPS DYNMOD: AV3 | Full text in pdf format