Using mathematical models that take into account important characteristics of the marine environment, scientists can develop well-founded predictions of the future composition of marine populations. Census database managers use computer technology to correlate and pool all the data gathered by the Census projects, such as species numbers and distribution, water temperature, and nutrient availability to establish a database for creating increasingly accurate projections of the future of marine organisms.
|A plot showing trends in community changes on the southern Grand Banks in the Atlantic Ocean over previous decades, allowing for predictions of future population densities. (Future of Marine Animal Populations - FMAP)|
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