14th IFAC Symposium on System Identification, SYSID 2006

SYSID-2006 Paper Abstract


Paper ThA6.1

Mocenni, Chiara (Univ. of Siena), Vicino, Antonio (Univ. di Siena)

Modelling ecological competition between seaweed and seagrass: a case study

Scheduled for presentation during the Invited Session "Identification of Ecological/Environmental Systems" (ThA6), Thursday, March 30, 2006, 10:30−10:50, Newcastle Room

14th IFAC Symposium on System Identification, March 29 - 31, 2006, Newcastle, Australia

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Keywords Biological Systems, Nonlinear System Identification, Multivariable System Identification


In the last decades, due to the high level of eutrophication, the prevalence of few more resistant species of macroalgae caused many dystrophic events in the lagoon of Orbetello (Italy). Typical management options adopted, such as periodic algae removal or water movement, turn out to be very expensive. This motivates the study of alternative actions based on the analysis of coexistence of macroalgae (seeweed) and rooted plants (seagrass) in order to avoid any dominance. In this paper, we introduce a mathematical model of the seaweed-seagrass competitive dynamics. The model is identified by using real data and an analysis of the biological meaning of the estimated parameters is carried out. Ecological restoration of the ecosystem is finally investigated by using the identified model.