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The project ANSWER is organized in 5 Tasks, each of which will be coordinated by a French representative and a Chinese one.

The interactions between the tasks are represented in the following figure.

Diagram of interactions between the tasks of the project

Diagram of interactions between the tasks of the project

  • Task 1 deals with the coordination of the project and the diffusion of the results, which includes the organization of the symposiums (1 per year), the schedule of national and/or international regular video-conferences to follow the project progress, the development of a website with a forum to facilitate the scientific exchanges and the planning for the writing of the deliverables. In France, a management committee composed of one representative of each partner will help the coordinator in this task.
  • Task 2 focuses on the knowledge representation and data management. Some software tools will be developed in order to improve the management of data (experimental and simulated ones), models andknowledge coming from both preceding works and the project ANSWER.
  • Task 3 concerns the experimental and modeling study of the nutrient recycling process both in water column and in the sediments from which the nutrients are released. Some specific models will be proposed to be integrated in the general ecosystem model (in Task 4).
  • Task 4 is dedicated to the development of the models of the ecosystems: the physical, chemical, and biological interactions between the organisms and their environment will be represented. The models of the biological processes developed in Task 3 will be included in the model of the general ecosystem in order to improve its capacity to reproduce cyanobacteria dynamics.
  • Task 5 is devoted to the simulation of prescribed scenarios of control strategies and environmental changes by use of the models developed in Task 4. The scientific issues will be defined in this task; they will impact the choices made for the modeling part: type of model, structure, variables, etc.