Dr Momme Butenschon

Marine Ecosystem Modeller

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+44 (0)1752 633100 (switchboard)

Momme is a Senior Scientist at PML. In his role as a Marine Ecosystem Modeller, he leads the development of the ecosystem model ERSEM (created in-house) as well as its coupling to current general circulation models such as NEMO, POLCOMS and GOTM, studies on ecosystem trends, natural variability, inter-annual variability and model uncertainty.

Momme has a strong involvement in a multitude of research initiatives such as the EU framework 7 projects MEECE, EURO-BASIN, MyOcean 2, OPEC, VECTORS and MEDINA as well as NERC projects Shelf Sea Biogeochemistry and UKOA.

Prior to working at PML, Momme studied for a Masters degree in Engineering Physics at the Technische Universität Berlin, Kungliga Tekniska Högskolan Stockholm, before completing a PhD at the Università di Bologna in Geophysics on Marine Ecosystem Modelling


Artioli, Y., Blackford, J. C., Nondal, G., Bellerby, R. G. J., Wakelin, S. L., Holt, J. T., Butenschön, M., Allen, J. I., 2014. Heterogeneity of impacts of high CO2 on the north western european shelf. Biogeosciences 11 (3), 601 – 12.

Chust, G., Icarus Allen, J., Bopp, L., Schrum, C., Holt, J., Tsiaras, K., Zavatarelli, M., Chifflet, M., Cannaby, H., Dadou, I., Daewel, U., Wakelin, S. L., Machu, E., Pushpadas, D., Butenschon, M., Artioli, Y., Petihakis, G., Smith, C., Garçon, V., Goubanova, K., Le Vu, B., Fach, B. A., Salihoglu, B., Clementi, E., Irigoien, X., Feb. 2014. Biomass changes and trophic amplification of plankton in a warmer ocean. Global Change Biology, n/a–n/a.

Holt, J., Schrum, C., Cannaby, H., Daewel, U., Allen, I., Artioli, Y., Bopp, L., Butenschon, M., Fach, B. A., Harle, J., Pushpadas, D., Salihoglu, B., Wakelin, S., Feb. 2014. Physical processes mediating climate change impacts on regional sea ecosystems. Biogeosciences Discuss. 11 (2), 1909 –1975.

Polimene, L., Brunet, C., Butenschön, M., Martinez-Vicente, V., Widdicombe, C., Torres, R., Allen, J., 2013. Modelling a light-driven phytoplankton succession. Journal of Plankton Research.

Saux Picart, S., Allen, J. I., Butenschön, M., Artioli, Y., Mora, L. d., Wakelin, S., Holt, J., What can ecosystem models tell us about the risk of eutrophication in the north sea? Climatic Change, 1 – 15.

Polimene, L.; Brunet, C.; Butenschön, M.; Martinez-Vicente, V.; Widdicombe, C.; Torres, R. & Allen, J. Modelling a light-driven phytoplankton succession Journal of Plankton Research, 2013

Fernandes, J. A.; Cheung, W. W. L.; Jennings, S.; Butenschön, M.; de Mora, L.; Frölicher, T. L.; Barange, M. & Grant, A. Modelling the effects of climate change on the distribution and production of marine fishes: accounting for trophic interactions in a dynamic bioclimate envelope model Global Change Biology, 2013, 19, 2596-2607

Artioli, Y., Blackford, J. C., Butenschön, M., Holt, J. T., Wakelin, S. L., Thomas, H., Borges, A. V., Allen, J. I., 2012. The carbonate system in the north sea: Sensitivity and model validation. Journal of Marine Systems 102-104 (0), 1 – 13.

Butenschön, M., Zavatarelli, M., 2012. A comparison of different versions of the seek filter for assimilation of biogeochemical data in numerical models of marine ecosystem dynamics. Ocean Modelling 54-55 (0), 37 – 54

Butenschön, M., Zavatarelli, M., Vichi, M., 2012. Sensitivity of a marine coupled physical biogeochemical model to time resolution, integration scheme and time splitting method. Ocean Modelling 52-53 (0), 36 – 53.

Christensen, A., Butenschön, M., Gürkan, Z., Allen, J. I., 2012. Towards an integrated forecasting system for pelagic fisheries on habitat-bound stocks Ocean Science, 2013, 9, 261-279.

Edwards, K. P., Barciela, R., Butenschön, M., 2012. Validation of the nemo-ersem operational ecosystem model for the north west european continental shelf. Ocean Science , 2012, 8, 983-1000

Holt, J., Butenschön, M., Wakelin, S. L., Artioli, Y., Allen, J. I., 2012. Oceanic controls on the primary production of the northwest european continental shelf: model experiments under recent past conditions and a potential future scenario. Biogeosciences 9 (1), 97–117.

Litt, E. J., Hardman-Mountford, N. J., Blackford, J. C., Mitchelson-Jacob, G., Goodman, A., Moore, G. F., Cummings, D. G., Butenschön, M., 2010. Biological control of pco2 at station l4 in the western english channel over 3 years. Journal of Plankton Research 32, 621–629.

de Mora, L., Butenschön, M., Allen, J. I., 2012. How should sparse in situ measurements be compared to a continuous model : an example Geoscientific Model Development, 2013, 6, 533-548

Polimene, L., Archer, S., Butenschön, M., Allen, J., online first. A mechanistic explanation of the sargasso sea dms “summer paradox”. Biogeochemistry Springer Netherlands, 2012, 110, 243-255

Polimene, L., Brunet, C., Allen, J. I., Butenschön, M., White, D. A., Llewellyn, C. A., 2012. Modelling xanthophyll photoprotective activity in phytoplankton. Journal of Plankton Research 34 (3), 196–207.

Saux Picart, S., Butenschön, M., Shutler, J. D., 2012.Wavelet-based spatial comparison technique for analysing and evaluating two-dimensional geophysical model fields. Geoscientific Model Development, 2012, 5, 223-230

Wakelin, S. L., Holt, J. T., Blackford, J. C., Allen, J. I., Butenschön, M., Artioli, Y., 2012. Modelling the carbon fluxes of the northwest european continental shelf: validation and budgets, J. Geophys. Res., AGU, 2012, 117, C05020-


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