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Environmental Sciences Seminar Abstract            

  Imagining the future: Towards an integrated multi-scale Earth System Model
Enrique Curchitser
Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences
Rutgers University

Understanding large-scale patterns in earth systems caused by both climate variability and human activity increasingly relies on the use of numerical models. In the past, physical, ecosystem, economic and human activity models were developed, tested and implemented independently of each other. Recent advances in the various sub-disciplines have created the necessary pieces for a comprehensive Earth System Model that includes humans as a dynamical component. The challenge is to integrate all the components and examples of fully-coupled Earth System Models are relatively rare. This is partly due to the perception that blending separate yet complex sub-models is impractical and partly due to the respective communities working independently. In this talk I will present ongoing work in the development of a climate model with multi-scale capabilities which is linked to a multi-trophic marine ecosystem models including the effects of human activity through fishing. I will also describe current work at Rutgers that will add detailed economic and human activity models for New Jersey to an existing climate model that will be used to explore theories on the interaction between humans and their environment.

Last updated: 04/25/2012