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The Natural Laboratory Information System (NALIS)

A Tool to Decipher the Relative Contributions of Multiple Types of Natural and Anthropogenic Impact on Mt. Hope Bay
A major component of the MHBNL will be the integration of models of the physical environment, ecosystem, and fish populations together with existing historical data sets, real-time data, and other Data sets, to model the total Mt. Hope Bay system. The resulting Natural Laboratory Information System (NALIS) will allow MHBNL Team Scientists to conduct Scenario Testing of the impact of different stressors and natural sources of variation on Mt. Hope Bay.

NALIS Components

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Real Time Physical Data

The NOAA PORTS Program and other sources supply data for input to the Finite Volume Model.

  SMAST's Finite Volume Model

Physical data and physical model output will be integrated with ecosystem and fish models within the NALIS system.


Water Quality Data

Real-time and long-term water quality data collected by SMAST and other institutions and agencies will be used as input into plankton, zooplankton, eutrophication and other ecosystem level models.


Fish Population Data

Fish abundance data and output from Population models will also be incorporated into NALIS.



The School for Marine Science and Technology
University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
706 South Rodney French Blvd, New Bedford, MA 02744-1221
(508) 910-8193 • FAX (508) 910-6371
Brian Rothschild, P.I:
Changsheng Chen, MHBNL Modeling Program Manager:

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