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Projects - BGEM - Towards operational forecasting of ecosystem dynamics: Benchmarking and Grid-enabling of an ecological model
A research proposal between the National Civil Engineering Laboratory (LNEC, Portugal) and the Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU, U.S.A.) is briefly presented, to support the development of the existing partnership between these two institutions. This proposal aims to integrate complementary research strengths at the two institutions to improve and validate a sophisticated ecological modeling system for operational forecasting of ecosystem dynamics based on grid computing resources. The Portuguese partner will provide the ecological model and the expertise on grid-enabling of numerical models. The American partner will provide the expertise on parallel computing and the benchmark for validation and inter-model comparison. The specific goals of the project are:
  • to parallelize and grid-enable the ecological modeling system;
  • to validate and assess the performance of the modeling system in a coastal benchmark, based on the wealth of data collected in the coastal observatory of the Columbia river estuary and plume, and
  • to reinforce existing working collaborations and to establish a long-term relationship between the two institutions, through the identification of long-term funding mechanisms for common research goals.

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