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Uncertainty assessment of trophic flows in Hamilton Harbour : A linear inverse modellinganalysis
Hossain, M.; Stewart, T.J.; Arhonditsis, G.B.; Van Oevelen, D.; Minns, C.K.; Koops, M.A. (2017). Uncertainty assessment of trophic flows in Hamilton Harbour : A linear inverse modellinganalysis. Aquat. Ecosyst. Health Manag. 20(3): 265-277. https://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14634988.2017.1342517

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In: Aquatic Ecosystem Health & Management. Taylor and Francis: Oxford. ISSN 1463-4988, meer
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Author keywords
    Ecopath Modelling; Areas of Concern

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  • Hossain, M.
  • Stewart, T.J.
  • Arhonditsis, G.B.
  • Van Oevelen, D., meer
  • Minns, C.K.
  • Koops, M.A.

Abstract
    Ecopath with Ecosim has been extensively used to examine ecosystem attributes and the effects ofmanagement actions. One of the main limitations in using Ecopath to credibly guide managementdecisions lies in the quality and quantity of the data used. Linear Inverse Modelling treats the problemof ecosystem characterization in a rigorous mathematical way in which the foodweb is described as a(linear) function of the flows and model parameters are (inversely) derived from observed data. In thisstudy, our thesis is that Linear Inverse Modelling can be used as a complement to Ecopath applicationsto evaluate our confidence in typically reported ecosystem characterizations. Based on a simplifiedversion of a previously published foodweb topology (Hossain et al., 2012), we demonstrate that there isconsiderable uncertainty associated with the predicted energy flows within the ecosystem of HamiltonHarbour, Lake Ontario, Canada. Uncertainty related to external flows (e.g. respiratory and detritalflows) appears to be much higher than for internal flows associated with predator-prey relationships.Our Linear Inverse Modelling analysis reinforces earlier findings that most of the trophic flows areconcentrated within the first two trophic levels, while mass fluxes at the higher trophic levels aresignificantly lower. The intermediate ecotrophic efficiency for zooplankton suggests that planktivorousfishes do not fully capitalize upon the available food in the system. Our model estimates that asubstantial amount of the detrital material is being recycled by the microbial community within thesystem. Taken together with the significant detrital pool directly supporting zooplankton andoligochaetes/chironomids, this prediction is consistent with recent empirical evidence that particulateorganic matter from various allochthonous or autochthonous origins constitute important componentsof the energy transferred to higher trophic levels. Overall, our Linear Inverse Modelling analysis offersmeaningful insights that should contribute towards the development of a reliable ecosystem model forHamilton Harbour.

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