Past Awards

FY 2010 | 3 – Inform | 10/10/09

LarvaMap, A Community Larval and Invertebrate Transport Model: Phase II- Prince William Sound

C. J. Beegle-Krause and X. Wang, Environmental Research for Decision, Inc. and UCLA
Contract Term: 07/01/10 – 06/30/1
Award: $100,000

Scope of Work:

Understanding larval transport and survival is critical to effective fisheries management. Larval transport models aid fisheries, habitat and marine protected area decision makers in understanding how ocean circulation and larval behavior affect survival. This project continues development of a community larval transport model, Larva Map, and expands the Regional Ocean Modeling System (ROMS) model time-series data for Prince William Sound (PWS) in 2004 and 2009 to a 7-year time series from 2004 to 2010. The Larva Map / ROMS combination will be used to generate probability maps of settlement for Pacific herring and Dungeness crab.
Larva Map is a 3D web-based larval fish and invertebrate transport model connected to ROMS circulation fields for the northeast Pacific, funded by the NOAA Alaska Fisheries Science Center (AFSC). Larva Map can use any circulation data set formatted using the network Common Data Format for Climate and Forecast (NetCDF CF) available through a Thematic Real time Environmental Distributed Data Services (THREDDS) data server (TDS). Both NetCDF and TDS are oceanographic community standards. Larva Map output can be viewed in combination with field data and circulation model results using Habitat Space, a 4D data analysis tool previously developed by members of this team for the AFSC.
Larva Map will be enhanced with user capability to construct egg and larval stage drift and behavior characteristics by leveraging Sarah Hinckley's (NOAA/AFSC) larval behavior model and new research. The Herring and Dungeness crab organisms constructed in this study will be available in Larva Map’s library for direct use or modification.
Download Report: Larvamap-Final-Report12.pdf