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Title: Development of a novel tool to predict different water quality scenarios within a Marine Protected Area (MPA) in the Maltese Islands : the 2D SHYFEM-BFM model
Authors: Cucco, Andrea
Umgiesser, Georg
Deidun, Alan
Tarasova, R.
Azzopardi, Joel
Gauci, Adam Pierre
Keywords: Water quality -- Malta
Water quality management -- Malta
Marine biodiversity conservation -- Malta
Marine resources conservation -- Malta
Issue Date: 2013
Publisher: Commission Internationale pour l'Exploration Scientifique de la Mer Mediterranee
Citation: Cucco, A., Umgiesser, G., Deidun, A., Tarasova, R., Azzopardi, J., & Gauci, A. (2013). Development of a novel tool to predict different water quality scenarios within a Marine Protected Area (MPA) in the Maltese Islands: the 2D SHYFEM-BFM model. Rapport Commission Internationale Mer Méditerranée, 40, 154.
Abstract: Effective operational marine conservation and management is thwarted by a lack of financial and human resources. A coupled 2D hydrodynamic (SHYFEM) and ecological (BFM) model was developed in the current study as a Decision Support System (DSS) to spearhead good governance of a Marine Protected Area (MPA) in Dwejra (Maltese Islands) in the Central Mediterranean. Two scenarios were considered – one with the current levels of nutrient runoff from land and one in which such levels are increased as a result of a greater human activity within the area. Although the developed numerical modeling platform needs to be refined and to be run for a longer time -frame, its output suggests that it is a promising tool to assist in the operational management of an MPA.
URI: https://www.um.edu.mt/library/oar//handle/123456789/26164
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