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Probabilistic modeling to estimate jellyfish ecophysiological properties and size distributions

Simon Ramondenc 1 Damien Eveillard 2 Lionel Guidi 1 Fabien Lombard 1 Benoit Delahaye 3 
2 COMBI - Combinatoire et Bioinformatique
LS2N - Laboratoire des Sciences du Numérique de Nantes
3 AeLoS - Architectures et Logiciels Sûrs
LS2N - Laboratoire des Sciences du Numérique de Nantes
Abstract : While Ocean modeling has made significant advances over the last decade, its complex biological component is still oversimplified. In particular, modeling organisms in the ocean system must integrate parameters to fit both physiological and ecological behaviors that are together very difficult to determine. Such difficulty occurs for modeling Pelagia noctiluca. This jellyfish has a high abundance in the Mediterranean Sea and could contribute to several biogeochemical processes. However, gelatinous zooplanktons remain poorly represented in biogeochemical models because uncertainties about their ecophysiology limit our understanding of their potential role and impact. To overcome this issue, we propose, for the first time, the use of the Statistical Model Checking Engine (SMCE), a probabilitybased computational framework that considers a set of parameters as a whole. Contrary to standard parameter inference techniques, SMCE identifies sets of parameters that fit both laboratory-culturing observations and in situ patterns while considering uncertainties. Doing so, we estimated the best parameter sets of the ecophysiological model that represents the jellyfish growth and degrowth in laboratory conditions as well as its size. Behind this application, SMCE remains a computational framework that supports the projection of a model with uncertainties in broader contexts such as biogeochemical processes to drive future studies.
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Simon Ramondenc, Damien Eveillard, Lionel Guidi, Fabien Lombard, Benoit Delahaye. Probabilistic modeling to estimate jellyfish ecophysiological properties and size distributions. Scientific Reports, Nature Publishing Group, 2020, 10 (1), ⟨10.1038/s41598-020-62357-5⟩. ⟨hal-02539195⟩



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