Integrated modelling system for the North Atlantic Right Whale
Our integrated modelling system for the North Atlantic Right Whale (NARW) will help predict the presence of this critically endangered species in the Northwest Atlantic shelf, including the Gulf of St. Lawrence and Gulf of Maine. Our international consortium composed of partners from Canada, the United States and France will develop models based on high-resolution operational circulation models and satellite-derived bio-optical variables using NARW’s preferred prey (the Calanus sp. zooplankton species) as a sentinel species. Our novel tools will help decision-makers and mariners make more accurate recommendations when determining restriction zones for anthropogenic activities in areas likely to encounter NARW.