Changes between Version 2 and Version 3 of EwEugNutrientCyclingAndNutrientLimitationInEcosim
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EwEugNutrientCyclingAndNutrientLimitationInEcosim
v2 v3 2 2 Ecosim uses a very simple strategy to represent nutrient cycling and potential nutrient limitation of primary production rates. It is assumed that at any instant in time the system has a total nutrient concentration ''N,,T,,'', which is partitioned between nutrient ‘bound’ in biomass versus free in the environment (accessible to plants for nutrient uptake). That is, ''T'' is represented as the sum ''N'',,''T'',,''=∑iŋ'',,''i'',,''B'',,''i'',,'' + N'f'', where'' ŋ'',,''i'',, is (fixed) nutrient content per unit of pool i biomass, and N,,f,, is free nutrient concentration. Then assuming that ''N'',,''T'',, varies as ''dN'',,''T'',,''/dt'' = ''I  vN'',,''T'',,, where'' I'' is total inflow rate to the system from all nutrient loading sources and v is total loss rate from the system due to all loss agents (volume exchange, sedimentation, export in harvests, etc.), and that'' v'' is relatively large,'' N'',,''T'',, is approximated in Ecosim by the (possibly moving) equilibrium value ''N'',,''T'',,'' = I/v''. 3 3 4 Changes in nutrient loading can be simulated by assigning a time forcing function number to ''N'',,''T'',, on the [[Ecosim parameters.htmEcosim parameters]]form, in which case N,,T,, is calculated as N,,T,, = ft ''N'',,''To'',, where ''N'',,''To'',, is the Ecopath base estimate of N,,T,, (at the start of each simulation) and ft is a time multiplier (''f'',,''t'',,'' '' = 1 implies Ecopath base value of ''N'',,''T'',,) supplied by the user the same as any other time forcing function. Note that under the moving equilibrium assumption, changes in ''f,,t,,'' can be viewed as caused by either changes in input rate ''I'' or nutrient loss rate ''v''.4 Changes in nutrient loading can be simulated by assigning a time forcing function number to ''N'',,''T'',, on the [wiki:EwEugEcosimParameters Ecosim parameters] form, in which case N,,T,, is calculated as N,,T,, = ft ''N'',,''To'',, where ''N'',,''To'',, is the Ecopath base estimate of N,,T,, (at the start of each simulation) and ft is a time multiplier (''f'',,''t'',,'' '' = 1 implies Ecopath base value of ''N'',,''T'',,) supplied by the user the same as any other time forcing function. Note that under the moving equilibrium assumption, changes in ''f,,t,,'' can be viewed as caused by either changes in input rate ''I'' or nutrient loss rate ''v''. 5 5 6 The Ecopath base estimate ''N'',,''T'',,''o'',,',, of total nutrient is entered by specifying the base free nutrient proportion ''pf = Nf / N'',,''T'',,''o'',,',, on entry to Ecosim (also on the [[Ecospace parameters.htmEcosim parameters]]form: ''Time dynamic (Ecosim) >Input > Ecosim parameters''), from which the Ecosim initialization can calculate N,,T,,o,,,, as simply ''N'',,''T''^''o''^,,'' = ∑i ŋi Bi / (1pf)''. Note here that the units of nutrient concentration are contained in the perbiomass relative nutrient concentrations ''ŋ,,i,,'', and these need not be specified in any particular absolute units. During each simulation, ''N'',,''f'',, is varied dynamically by setting it equal at any time to ''N'',,''T'',,''  ''∑''I ŋ'',,''i'',,'' B'',,''i'',,, so that accumulation of nutrient in any biomass pool(s) can reduce free nutrient available to promote primary production.6 The Ecopath base estimate ''N'',,''T'',,''o'',,',, of total nutrient is entered by specifying the base free nutrient proportion ''pf = Nf / N'',,''T'',,''o'',,',, on entry to Ecosim (also on the [wiki:EwEugEcosimParameters Ecosim parameters] form: ''Time dynamic (Ecosim) >Input > Ecosim parameters''), from which the Ecosim initialization can calculate N,,T,,o,,,, as simply ''N'',,''T''^''o''^,,'' = ∑i ŋi Bi / (1pf)''. Note here that the units of nutrient concentration are contained in the perbiomass relative nutrient concentrations ''ŋ,,i,,'', and these need not be specified in any particular absolute units. During each simulation, ''N'',,''f'',, is varied dynamically by setting it equal at any time to ''N'',,''T'',,''  ''∑''I ŋ'',,''i'',,'' B'',,''i'',,, so that accumulation of nutrient in any biomass pool(s) can reduce free nutrient available to promote primary production. 7 7 8 Primary production rates for producer pools ''j'' are linked to free nutrient concentration during each simulation through assumed MichaelisMenten uptake relationships of the form ''P/B'',,''j'',,''=P/B'',,''max,j'',,'' N'',,''f'',,''/(K'',,''j'',,''+N'',,''f'',,'')'', where the parameters ''P/B'',,''max,j'',, and ''K'',,''j'',, are calculated as part of the Ecosim initialization using input estimates by the user of the ratios ''P/B,,max,j,, / P/B'',,''Ecopath,j'',, (Ecosim [[Group info.htmGroup Info]]form). The Michaelis constant ''K'',,''j'',, is set so that ''P/B'',,''j '',,''='P/B'',,''Ecopath,j'',,'when ''N,,f,,'',,,,is at the initial concentration determined by ''N'',,''T'',,''  ∑'',,''I'',,'' ŋ'',,''i'',,'' B'',,''i'',,'when all ''B'',,''i'',, are at Ecopath base values). The user can increase sensitivity to changes in nutrient concentration (make ''P/B'',,''j'',, more variable with changes in ''N'',,''T'',, and'' N'',,''f'',,) by increasing the input ''P/B'',,''max,j'',,'' / P/B'',,''Ecopath,j'',, ratio.8 Primary production rates for producer pools ''j'' are linked to free nutrient concentration during each simulation through assumed MichaelisMenten uptake relationships of the form ''P/B'',,''j'',,''=P/B'',,''max,j'',,'' N'',,''f'',,''/(K'',,''j'',,''+N'',,''f'',,'')'', where the parameters ''P/B'',,''max,j'',, and ''K'',,''j'',, are calculated as part of the Ecosim initialization using input estimates by the user of the ratios ''P/B,,max,j,, / P/B'',,''Ecopath,j'',, (Ecosim [wiki:EwEugGroupInfo Group Info] form). The Michaelis constant ''K'',,''j'',, is set so that ''P/B'',,''j '',,''='P/B'',,''Ecopath,j'',,'when ''N,,f,,'',,,,is at the initial concentration determined by ''N'',,''T'',,''  ∑'',,''I'',,'' ŋ'',,''i'',,'' B'',,''i'',,'when all ''B'',,''i'',, are at Ecopath base values). The user can increase sensitivity to changes in nutrient concentration (make ''P/B'',,''j'',, more variable with changes in ''N'',,''T'',, and'' N'',,''f'',,) by increasing the input ''P/B'',,''max,j'',,'' / P/B'',,''Ecopath,j'',, ratio. 9 9 10 10 The default free nutrient proportion pf is set at unity, which causes ''N'',,''f'',, to be virtually constant over time (and hence ''P/B'',,''j'',,’s to be virtually independent of nutrient concentration changes). Thus to “turn on” nutrient limitation effects, you must set a lower value for pf, (e.g., 0.3) on the Ecosim parameters form.