MAST (Modelling for Aquatic Systems) develops numerical models that couple the hydrodynamics and the biogeochemistry to simulate and predict the interactions of the ocean with atmosphere, land and sediment. The main research topics are the following:
- Develop methodologies to connect the predictions of hydrodynamical-biogeochemical models with the assessment of the goods and services provided by marine ecosystems (e.g., functional biodiversity, carbon sequestration, nutrient cycling).
- To provide science-based tools for coastal zone management and in particular, to understand and predict the impact of climate change and other anthropogenic stressors (e.g. eutrophication, acidification, marine traffic, … ) on the physical (circulation, stratification) and biogeochemical state of the ocean and in particular, on the good environmental status of marine (GES) waters.
- To understand the problem of deoxygenation and its impact on biogeochemistry and ecosystem functioning.
- To quantify Land-Ocean-Atmosphere-Sediment interactions and, in particular, to quantify the role of the sediment in the biogeochemical budget of the coastal zone.
- To extend these models with data assimilation tools in order to use them in operational oceanography and to develop specific approaches to answer the CMEMS-user community requirements.