Ecological Modelling

Abstract

Ecological modelling is the use of systems analysis and simulation to mimic complex ecological systems by summarizing available relevant information. The process includes the development of conceptual and quantitative models, and the evaluation and use of the model to answer the specific questions for which the model was built.

Keywords: systems analysis; ecological modelling; simulation

Figure 1.

Comparison of different methods to solve problems, depending on the relative level of understanding of and the relative amount of data available for the system (from Grant et al., modified from Starfield and Bleloch ).

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Pittroff, Wolfgang, and Pedersen, Ellen K(May 2005) Ecological Modelling. In: eLS. John Wiley & Sons Ltd, Chichester. http://www.els.net [doi: 10.1038/npg.els.0003270]