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Document Type: Journal Article
Center: NWFSC
Document ID: 8330
Title: A guinea pig's tale: learning to review end-to-end marine ecosystem models for management applications
Author: I. C. Kaplan, Kristin N. Marshall
Publication Year: 2016
Journal: ICES Journal of Marine Science
Volume: 73
Issue: 7
Pages: 1715-1724
DOI: doi:10.1093/icesjms/fsw047
Keywords: review,ecosystem model,end-to-end model,Atlantis ecosystem model,California Current

We summarize a review of an Atlantis end-to-end ecosystem model, held in Seattle, Washington USA during June and July 2014. We describe this process to consider how such reviews should be structured and organized; and we propose a very specific set of model evaluation criteria for marine end-to-end models.  These differ from previous sets of best practices provided by other marine and terrestrial ecosystem modelers (FAO 2008; Townsend et al. 2008; Link et al. 2010; Schmolke et al. 2010; Bennett et al. 2013), which are extremely valuable but not necessarily tailored to these end-to-end models.  We offer our perspective (as recent test subjects or “guinea pigs”) to other ecosystem modelers, first in terms of how a review could be motivated and structured; and secondly regarding the evaluation criteria that should be used, in the most specific terms possible.