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Biophysical models of larval dispersal in the Benguela Current ecosystem

TitleBiophysical models of larval dispersal in the Benguela Current ecosystem
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2015
AuthorsLett, C, van der Lingen, CD, Loveday, BR, Moloney, CL
JournalAfrican Journal of Marine Science
Volume37
Pagination457–465
ISSN1814-232X
Abstract

We synthesise and update results from the suite of biophysical, larval-dispersal models developed in the Benguela Current ecosystem. Biophysical models of larval dispersal use outputs of physical hydrodynamic models as inputs to individual-based models in which biological processes acting during the larval life are included. In the Benguela, such models were first applied to simulate the dispersal of anchovy Engraulis encrasicolus and sardine Sardinops sagax ichthyoplankton, and more recently of the early life stages of chokka-squid Loligo reynaudii and Cape hakes Merluccius spp. We identify how the models have helped advance understanding of key processes for these species. We then discuss which aspects of the early life of marine species in the Benguela Current ecosystem are still not well understood and could benefit from new modelling studies.

URLhttp://dx.doi.org/10.2989/1814232X.2015.1105295
DOI10.2989/1814232X.2015.1105295