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Modelling the transport of the larval sandeels on the north-west European shelf


Proctor, R and Wright, PJ and Everitt, A, Modelling the transport of the larval sandeels on the north-west European shelf, Fisheries Oceanography, 7, (3-4) pp. 347-354. ISSN 1054-6006 (1998) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 1998 Blackwell Science Ltd.

DOI: doi:10.1046/j.1365-2419.1998.00077.x


This study considers the interannual variability in the advection of sandeel (Ammodytes marinus) larvae on the north-west European shelf. We use recently collated data on spawning location, age of larvae and the time of hatching (between 1955 and 1993) as input to a particle-tracking model. Utilizing hourly currents from a 39 year run of a two-dimensional sea circulation model, cohorts of sandeel larvae were represented as a distribution of particles in space and time, and particle drift was calculated for the larval life stage. The final distributions of particles were compared with actual distributions of 0-group sandeels in the North Sea, as determined from surveys conducted at around the end of the larval phase. Preliminary examination of the data between 1973 and 1993 indicates that differences in predicted drift could explain some of the large interannual variability in 0-group distributions. This approach may help to improve our understanding of the frequent colonization events that are typical of this species.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:advection, particle-tracking model, sandeels, spawning
Research Division:Earth Sciences
Research Group:Oceanography
Research Field:Oceanography not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in the earth sciences
UTAS Author:Proctor, R (Dr Roger Proctor)
ID Code:121009
Year Published:1998
Web of Science® Times Cited:62
Deposited By:Integrated Marine Observing System
Deposited On:2017-09-06
Last Modified:2017-11-14

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