This functions creates a MizerParams
object describing a traitbased
model. This is a simplification of the general sizebased model used in
mizer
in which the speciesspecific parameters are the same for all
species, except for the asymptotic size, which is considered the most
important trait characterizing a species. Other parameters are related to the
asymptotic size. For example, the size at maturity is given by w_inf *
eta
, where eta
is the same for all species. For the traitbased model
the number of species is not important. For applications of the traitbased
model see Andersen & Pedersen (2010). See the mizer
website for more
details and examples of the traitbased model.
newTraitParams( no_sp = 11, min_w_inf = 10, max_w_inf = 10^4, min_w = 10^(3), max_w = max_w_inf, eta = 10^(0.6), min_w_mat = min_w_inf * eta, no_w = log10(max_w_inf/min_w) * 20 + 1, min_w_pp = 1e10, w_pp_cutoff = min_w_mat, n = 2/3, p = n, lambda = 2.05, r_pp = 0.1, kappa = 0.005, alpha = 0.4, h = 40, beta = 100, sigma = 1.3, f0 = 0.6, fc = 0.25, ks = NA, gamma = NA, ext_mort_prop = 0, R_factor = 4, gear_names = "knife_edge_gear", knife_edge_size = 1000, egg_size_scaling = FALSE, resource_scaling = FALSE, perfect_scaling = FALSE )
no_sp  The number of species in the model. 

min_w_inf  The asymptotic size of the smallest species in the community. This will be rounded to lie on a grid point. 
max_w_inf  The asymptotic size of the largest species in the community. This will be rounded to lie on a grid point. 
min_w  The size of the the egg of the smallest species. This also defines the start of the community size spectrum. 
max_w  The largest size in the model. By default this is set to the
largest asymptotic size 
eta  Ratio between maturity size and asymptotic size of a species.
Ignored if 
min_w_mat  The maturity size of the smallest species. Default value is

no_w  The number of size bins in the community spectrum. These bins will be equally spaced on a logarithmic scale. Default value is such that there are 20 bins for each factor of 10 in weight. 
min_w_pp  The smallest size of the resource spectrum. By default this is set to the smallest value at which any of the consumers can feed. 
w_pp_cutoff  The largest size of the resource spectrum. Default value
is min_w_inf unless 
n  Scaling exponent of the maximum intake rate. 
p  Scaling exponent of the standard metabolic rate. By default this is
equal to the exponent 
lambda  Exponent of the abundance power law. 
r_pp  Growth rate parameter for the resource spectrum. 
kappa  Coefficient in abundance power law. 
alpha  The assimilation efficiency of the community. 
h  Maximum food intake rate. 
beta  Preferred predator prey mass ratio. 
sigma  Width of prey size preference. 
f0  Expected average feeding level. Used to set 
fc  Critical feeding level. Used to determine 
ks  Standard metabolism coefficient. If not provided, default will be
calculated from critical feeding level argument 
gamma  Volumetric search rate. If not provided, default is determined
by 
ext_mort_prop  The proportion of the total mortality that comes from external mortality, i.e., from sources not explicitly modelled. A number in the interval [0, 1). 
R_factor  The factor such that 
gear_names  The names of the fishing gears for each species. A character vector, the same length as the number of species. 
knife_edge_size  The minimum size at which the gear or gears select fish. A single value for each gear or a vector with one value for each gear. 
egg_size_scaling 
If TRUE, the egg size is a constant fraction of the
maximum size of each species. This fraction is 
resource_scaling  If TRUE, the carrying capacity for larger resource is reduced to compensate for the fact that fish eggs and larvae are present in the same size range. 
perfect_scaling  If TRUE then parameters are set so that the community abundance, growth before reproduction and death are perfect power laws. In particular all other scaling corrections are turned on. 
An object of type MizerParams
The function has many arguments, all of which have default values. Of particular interest to the user are the number of species in the model and the minimum and maximum asymptotic sizes.
The characteristic weights of the smallest species are defined by
min_w
(egg size), min_w_mat
(maturity size) and
min_w_inf
(asymptotic size). The asymptotic sizes of
the no_sp
species
are logarithmically evenly spaced, ranging from min_w_inf
to
max_w_inf
.
Similarly the maturity sizes of the species are logarithmically evenly
spaced, so that the ratio eta
between maturity size and asymptotic
size is the same for all species. If egg_size_scaling = TRUE
then also
the ratio between asymptotic size and egg size is the same for all species.
Otherwise all species have the same egg size.
In addition to setting up the parameters, this function also sets up an initial condition that is close to steady state.
Although the trait based model's steady state is often stable without
imposing additional densitydependence, the function can set a BevertonHolt
type densitydependence that imposes a maximum for the reproduction rate that
is a multiple of the reproduction rate at steady state. That multiple is set
by the argument R_factor
.
The search rate coefficient gamma
is calculated using the expected
feeding level, f0
.
The option of including fishing is given, but the steady state may lose its
natural stability if too much fishing is included. In such a case the user
may wish to include stabilising effects (like R_factor
) to ensure the
steady state is stable. Fishing selectivity is modelled as a knifeedge
function with one parameter, knife_edge_size
, which is the size at
which species are selected. Each species can either be fished by the same
gear (knife_edge_size
has a length of 1) or by a different gear (the
length of knife_edge_size
has the same length as the number of species
and the order of selectivity size is that of the asymptotic size).
The resulting MizerParams
object can be projected forward using
project()
like any other MizerParams
object. When projecting
the model it may be necessary to reduce dt
below 0.1 to avoid any
instabilities with the solver. You can check this by plotting the biomass or
abundance through time after the projection.
Other functions for setting up models:
newCommunityParams()
,
newMultispeciesParams()
if (FALSE) { params < newTraitParams() sim < project(params, t_max = 5, effort = 0) plotSpectra(sim) }