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Development of an Atlantis Model for Hawaii To Support Ecosystem-Based Management

March 12, 2021

We developed an Atlantis model for ecosystems around the inhabited Hawaiian Islands to look at changes in socio-ecological indicators driven by future climate change effects. 

We developed an Atlantis model for the insular ecosystems around the inhabited Hawaiian Islands (HI Atlantis).

Key steps in this model development were to:

1) Summarize socio-economic and ecological objectives from multiple stakeholders in combination with robust performance indicators.

2) Select candidate management strategies.

3) Initialize the model for which thousands of parameters were needed.

4) Model calibration and validation with a hind cast simulation of fishery and environmental stressors.

5) Model uncertainty.

6) Model application.

7) Summarize the results and discuss next steps.

Although the ultimate goal of the model is to evaluate effectiveness of alternative management strategies, in this report we focus on the steps involved to develop the HI Atlantis model.

We applied the model to look at changes in socio-ecological indicators driven by projected climate change effects. 


Weijerman M. 2021. Development of an Atlantis mode for Hawaii to support ecosystem-based management. U.S. Dept. of Commerce, NOAA Technical Memorandum NOAA-TM-NMFS-PIFSC-113, 140 p.  https://doi.org/10.25923/cwqb-1z04.

Last updated by Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center on 12/10/2021