Center for Complex and Nonlinear Science
Modeling and Simulations of the Spawning Migration of Pelagic Fish
- Author(s): Barbaro, Alethea B. T.
- Einarsson, Baldvin
- Birnir, Bjorn
- Sigurðsson, Sven Þ.
- Valdimarsson, Héðinn
- Pálsson, Ólafur K.
- Sveinbjörnsson, Sveinn
- Sigurðsson, Þorsteinn
- et al.
We model the spawning migration of the Icelandic capelin stock using an interacting particle model with added environmental fields. Without artificial forcing terms or a homing instinct, we qualitatively reproduce several observed spawning migrations using available temperature data and approximated currents. The simulations include orders of magnitude more particles than many similar models, affecting the global behavior of the system. Without environmental fields, we analyze how various parameters scale with the number of particles. In particular we present scaling behavior between the size of the time step, radii of the sensory zones and the number of particles in the system. We then discuss incorporating environmental data into the model.