Trends in research on the possible effects of climate change concerning aquatic ecosystems with special emphasis on the modelling approach

Sipkay, Csaba, Kiss, Keve Tihamér, Vadadi Fülöp, Cs. and Hufnagel, Levente (2009) Trends in research on the possible effects of climate change concerning aquatic ecosystems with special emphasis on the modelling approach. Applied Ecology and Environmental Research, 7 (2). pp. 171-198.

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Knowledge on the expected effects of climate change on aquatic ecosystems is defined by three ways. On the one hand, long-term observation in the field serves as a basis for the possible changes; on the other hand, the experimental approach may bring valuable pieces of information to the research field. The expected effects of climate change cannot be studied by empirical approach; rather mathematical models are useful tools for this purpose. Within this study, the main findings of field observations and their implications for future were summarized; moreover, the modelling approaches were discussed in a more detailed way. Some models try to describe the variation of physical parameters in a given aquatic habitat, thus our knowledge on their biota is confined to the findings based on our present observations. Others are destined for answering special issues related to the given water body. Complex ecosystem models are the keys of our better understanding of the possible effects of climate change. Basically, these models were not created for testing the influence of global warming, rather focused on the description of a complex system (e. g. a lake) involving environmental variables, nutrients. However, such models are capable of studying climatic changes as well by taking into consideration a large set of environmental variables. Mostly, the outputs are consistent with the assumptions based on the findings in the field. Since synthetized models are rather difficult to handle and require quite large series of data, the authors proposed a more simple modelling approach, which is capable of examining the effects of global warming. This approach includes weather dependent simulation modelling of the seasonal dynamics of aquatic organisms within a simplified framework.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:ecological modelling, model system, community ecology, global warming, seasonal dynamics
Divisions:Faculty of Horticultural Science > Department of Mathematics and Informatics
Funders:“Bolyai János” Research Fellowship (Hungarian Academy of Sciences), Research Assistant Fellowship Support (Corvinus University of Budapest)
ID Code:1430
Deposited By: Ádám Hoffmann
Deposited On:28 Jan 2014 16:19
Last Modified:28 Jan 2014 16:19

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