A partnership proposal: technology transfer of a larval dispersal model

Grant awarded to :
Elizabeth North (UMCES)
Raleigh Hood (UMCES)
Tom Gross (NOAA/CRC)

Team includes:
Zachary Schlag (UMCES)

Funded by:
NOAA Chesapeake Fisheries Research Program

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The objective of this project was to enhance a 3D oyster larval transport model (LTRANS, Larval TRANSport Lagrangian model) and transfer behavior model components to NOAA Chesapeake Bay Oyster Larvae Tracker developers and the research community. The larval transport model is constructed in the computer programming language Fortran; larval behavior components were re-coded into C++. The LTRANS model has been applied to better understand the influence of circulation patterns, larval behavior, and reef habitat on oyster larval dispersal, settlement and subpopulation connectivity in Chesapeake Bay (see here for more information, results, and animations).

The freely-available Fortran and C++ programs on oyster larval behavior can be found here.


Publications that were supported (in part) by this grant include:

North, E. W., Z. Schlag, R. R. Hood, M. Li, L. Zhong, T. Gross, and V. S. Kennedy. 2008. Vertical swimming behavior influences the dispersal of simulated oyster larvae in a coupled particle-tracking and hydrodynamic model of Chesapeake Bay. Marine Ecology Progress Series 359: 99-115 ( request .pdf ) .

North, E. W., Z. Schlag, R. Hood, L. Zhong, M. Li, and T. Gross. 2006. Modeling dispersal of Crassostrea ariakensis oyster larvae in Chesapeake Bay. Final report to Maryland Department of Natural Resources, 31 July 2006. 55 pp. Original report pdf . Updated report pdf with Appendices that contain response to and comments from the EIS Larval Transport Peer Review Team.