Here are a couple of our forecasts, with comparison to the actual data collected around the same time.
This plot shows a forecast for April 11th, for total copepodid zooplankton in the bay.
This plot shows our forecast for April 15, for all copepodid zooplankton.
Below is the distribution from the survey on April 14.
The spatial pattern of abundance matched well, with a low concentration in the northern part of Cape Cod Bay, and a higher concentration to the south. As in the plots above, note that the color bars are not quite the same in the two images.
In both the forecasts and the sampled data, regions of zooplankton abundance were dominated by Calanus finmarchicus at this time of year, marking a shift from earlier in the year, when C.fin. was low, and Pseudocalanus spp. and Centropages spp. were higher.