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Can ECOPATH with ECOSIM enhance models of radionuclide flows in food webs? An example for 14C in a coastal food web in the Baltic Sea.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  17110002     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
In this study it was evaluated whether the ECOPATH with ECOSIM software could be used as a platform to facilitate the construction of models and study of transport and accumulation of radionuclides in aquatic food webs. The evaluation was based upon a food web model of carbon (C) and carbon-14 ((14)C) flow for a coastal area in the Baltic Sea, the ECOPATH, the ECOSIM and the ECOTRACE models. The original carbon flows and assumptions were easily incorporated into the ECOPATH and ECOSIM modelling environment. The new model was also well suited to drive a (14)C flow model (ECOTRACE) for each of the organisms included. ECOTRACE estimated steady-state concentrations of (14)C that were between 73 and 142% of the original flows. The results clearly show that there is great potential for a successful development of this approach for integrating scientific knowledge about food webs and radioecological models for aquatic systems.
J Sandberg; L Kumblad; U Kautsky
Publication Detail:
Type:  Evaluation Studies; Journal Article; Review     Date:  2006-11-14
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of environmental radioactivity     Volume:  92     ISSN:  0265-931X     ISO Abbreviation:  J Environ Radioact     Publication Date:  2007  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2006-12-12     Completed Date:  2007-03-27     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8508119     Medline TA:  J Environ Radioact     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  96-111     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Systems Ecology, Stockholm University, SE-106 91 Stockholm, Sweden.
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MeSH Terms
Carbon Radioisotopes
Food Chain*
Models, Biological*
Oceans and Seas
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Carbon Radioisotopes; 7440-44-0/Carbon

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