Connectivity Modeling System (CMS)

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The CMS is a community modeling system, based on a stochastic, multi-scale Lagrangian framework. It is developed by Dr. Claire Paris and her team to study complex larval migrations and provide probability estimates of marine population connectivity. In addition, the CMS can also provide a Lagrangian descriptions of oceanic phenomena (advection, dispersion, retention) and can be used in a broad range of applications, from the dispersion and fate of pollutants to marine spatial conservation. The source code can be accessed at: CMS

The CMS has a stochastic biophysical algorithm coding for the dispersion of biotic and abiotic inertial particles. The biological modules are informed with empirical data, some of which are collected with a Lagrangian device that she pioneered, the ocean - Drifting In Situ Chamber (o-DISC), designed to track larval movement and investigate navigational cues.

This repository is to facilitate community contributions to the CMS suite of modules. Funding was provided by the National Science Foundation Biological Oceanography Program (OCE-1048697, OCE- 0928423, OCE-0825625) to C.B. Paris.

The manuscript by Paris et al. (2013, Environmental Modelling & Software) describing the CMS and its modules can be downloaded here.

The open-source code of the CMS is used worldwide for oceanographic and biological applications.