Analytics to help understand marine networks

studytousegoScientists at Heriot-Watt University will use the kind of computing algorithms more commonly associated with Google search engines to uncover and record the complex relationships which exist across Scotland’s Marine Protected Areas (MPAs).

A new study by the University will use computer models to map ocean currents and larvae movement around Scotland’s coast after which the graph theory algorithm-based approach will be used to analyse the data.

It is hoped it will reveal how individual protected areas connect and how important that connectivity is to marine species such as protected cold-water corals and other reef-forming species such as flame shells, horse mussels and serpulid worms.

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