Innovative Approaches in Marine Environment Modelling (AIMEN)
Supported by the Labex MER (Laboratory of Excellence), this thematic school aims at strengthening our knowledge and the understanding of the functioning of the marine ecosystems within the framework of global change. The development of new modeling approaches represents a critical innovation towards this end. As shown in the Labex MER roadmap, the complexity of these marine ecosystems represents a significant obstacle , which impedes the evaluation of their variability and their responses to different stresses placed upon them related to global change. This complexity results from the large number of "actors" (virus, bacteria, plankton, particles, fish, benthic fauna, etc....), of interactions (which are mostly non linear) and of scale transfers, at spatial, temporal as well as at "functional" level (cell, individual, population, ecosystem).
In the domain of marine sciences, different modeling approaches are utilized : multi agent, automats, virtual reality, and adaptative/evolutive strategy. Relying on theoretical and conceptual considerations of modern ecology and complex systems, this school aims to present, discuss and assess the modeling approach based on a shared diagnosis of the challenges to face in order to improve our knowledge of the marine ecosystems. With a strong training constituent, it will allow us to critically examine the approaches, to exchange expertise, to facilitate the interactions among researchers, and to identify new types of models suited for the marine environment. More specifically, this initiative aims at building, testing and validating models simulating the functioning of pelagic and benthic ecosystems, the evolution of habitats, and fluxes of matter in the food web, associated with biogeochemical processes.
Invited speakers: Ken Haste ANDERSEN (DTU Aqua, DK) Fabio BOSCHETTI(CSIRO, AU) Pierre-Alain BRAILLARD (IHPST, FR) Jorn BRUGGEMAN (St John’s college, Oxford, GB) William CHEUNG (Univ. British Columbia, CA) Øyvind FIKSEN (University of Bergen, NO) Gregor FUSSMANN (Mc Gill, CA) Christian GUILL (Göttingen, NL) Eileen E. HOFMANN (ODU, USA) Christopher KLAUSMEIER (Michigan State Univ., USA) Elena LITCHMAN (Michigan State Univ., USA) Alan Mc KANE (University of Manchester, UK) Roger NISBET (Univ. Cal., USA) Warren PORTER(Univ. Wisconsin, USA) Kenneth ROSE (LSU, USA) Minus Van BAALEN(UPMC, FR) Alexey VOINOV (Twente, NL) Ben WARD (ENS, FR)