A Spatio-Temporal model for the Population Dynamics of Pyrodinium bahamense var. compressum with a Nutrient Source and Wind Effects - Contains supplemental data

Abstract

The dinoflagellate Pyrodinium bahamense var. compressum has been known to be the major cause of harmful algal blooms or H.A.B. recurring in Manila Bay and other bodies of water in the Philippines. This paper proposes a framework for modeling the growth and spread of an algal bloom population over a hypothetical geographic area. The model is comprised of a networked system of nodes where each node contains an instantiation of a system of difference equations describing the population dynamics of the different life cycle stages of the dinoflagellate. Nutrient sources and wind effects are introduced to test their effect on the population.



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