Computational Modelling Group

Modelling Macro-Nutrient Release & Fate Resulting from Sediment Resuspension in Shelf Seas

Research Team
Chris Wood

Early diagenesis (microbially-mediated biogeochemical degradation of organic matter in marine sediments) is an important process in the cycling of organic matter in the sediments of highly productive continental shelves, such as the North Sea. Resuspension is a wide-spread transport process in shallow seas due to strong winds and biological activity. The impact of physical events, such as resuspension, is likely to disrupt the net flux of organic carbon and nutrients which drive early diagenesis. I am adapting a previously published early diagenetic model to study the importance of the various chemical and physical components of early diagenesis. Future work will concentrate on implementing resuspension into the model, and calibrating it with experimental work in order to make an effective prediction tool.


Life sciences simulation: Bioinformatics, Biomathematics, Ecology

Physical Systems and Engineering simulation: Oceanography, Sediment transport

Algorithms and computational methods: Monte Carlo, Optimisation

Visualisation and data handling methods: Data Management, Database

Visualisation and data handling software: MySQL

Programming languages and libraries: Fortran, Java, Python, R

Computational platforms: Iridis, Linux, Windows

Transdisciplinary tags: e-Research, Scientific Computing