ecological modeling Books

  • Fundamentals of Ecological Modelling, Third Edition

    This is a thoroughly revised and updated edition of an authoritative introduction to ecological modelling. Sven Erik Jørgensen, Editor-in-Chief of the journal Ecological Modelling, and Giuseppe Bendoricchio, Professor of Environmental Modelling at the University of Padova, Italy, offer compelling insights into the subject. This volume explains the ...

  • Ecological Modeling for Resource Management

    With the use of ecological models, managers and decision makers can make sure that the ecological systems affected by their decisions are accurately represented. Unfortunately, the most relevant ecological science and modeling techniques are often not used because managers are not familiar with them or find them inappropriate for their ...

  • Towards a Thermodynamic Theory for Ecological Systems

    Description The book presents a consistent and complete ecosystem theory based on thermodynamic concepts. The first chapters are devoted to an interpretation of the first and second law of thermodynamics in ecosystem context. Then Prigogine's use of far from equilibrium thermodynamic is used on ecosystems to explain their reactions to ...

  • A Practical Guide to Ecological Modelling

    Mathematical modelling is an essential tool in present-day ecological research. Yet for many ecologists it is still problematic to apply modelling in their research. In our experience, the major problem is at the conceptual level: proper understanding of what a model is, how ecological relations can be translated consistently into mathematical ...

  • Mathematics for Ecology and Environmental Sciences

    Dynamical systems theory in mathematical biology has attracted much attention from many scientific directions. The purpose of this volume is to discuss the many rich and interesting properties of dynamical systems that appear in ecology and environmental sciences. The main topics include population dynamics with dispersal, nonlinear discrete ...

  • Phaeocystis, major link in the biogeochemical cycling of climate-relevant elements

    The ubiquitous marine microalgal species Phaeocystis plays an important role in biogeochemical cycles. Phaeocystis has a complicated life cycle, which makes it hard to decipher the role of this organism in ecosystem dynamics and hence its role in elemental cycles. This volume offers a selection of papers that have been presented at the final ...

  • Integrated Land Use and Environmental Models

    The authors of this volume follow four interrelated themes. In the first section 'Evolving Definitions - Changing Practices' the fundamental shifts in urban modeling practices are examined in relation to the new theoretical and computational advances in the field. The second section 'Ecologic Processes and their Land Use Implications' provides ...

  • Forest Decline and Ozone

    The book explores the relationship between forest decline and ozone. It comprises a broad range of methods concerning field ecology, model ecosystem research, and basic physiological and biochemical research. Prominent features are the use of ozone dose rather than concentration values only, and the illustration of ozone effects in numerous ...

  • Spatial Uncertainty in Ecology

    The huge growth in the use of geographic information systems, remote sensing platforms and spatial databases have made accurate spatial data more available for ecological and environmental models. Unfortunately, there has been too little analysis of the appropriate use of this data and the role of uncertainty in resulting ecological models. This ...

  • Fire and Climatic Change in Temperate Ecosystems of the Western Americas

    Both fire and climatic variability have monumental impacts on the dynamics of temperate ecosystems. These impacts can sometimes be extreme or devastating as seen in recent El Nino/La Nina cycles and in uncontrolled fire occurrences. This volume brings together research conducted in western North and South America, areas of a great deal of ...

  • Bayesian Likelihood Methods in Ecology and Biology

    Through an integrated and comparative approach, Bayesian Likelihood Methods in Ecology and Biology provides a clear guide to the development, application, and interpretation of Bayesian statistical methods to real-world scientific problems in ecology and biology. The book presents an overview of likelihood-based statistical models and offers a ...

  • Red Tides

    A large-scale outbreak of red tide along coastal areas is becoming a global marine hazard, which is associated with fish and shellfish mass mortalities through poisoning. The Seto Inland Sea, the largest semi-enclosed sea in Japan has suffered from red tide outbreaks since the late 1950's. This book discusses the red tide phenomena throughout the ...

  • Plant Mites and Sociality

    Mites are very small animals, characterized by wingless and eyeless bodies, in which sociality has been discovered. This book offers detailed descriptions of the diverse social systems and the social evolution of mites, ranging from genetic to ecological aspects. Through a broad spectrum of studies including traditional natural history, taxonomy, ...

  • Spatial Complexity, Informatics, and Wildlife Conservation

    As Earth faces the greatest mass extinction in 65 million years, the present is a moment of tremendous foment and emergence in ecological science. With leaps in advances in ecological research and the technical tools available, scientists face the critical task of challenging policymakers and the public to recognize the urgency of our global ...

  • Environmental Modeling: A Practical Introduction

    Increasingly used to represent climatic, biogeochemical, and ecological systems, computer modeling has become an important tool that should be in every environmental professional’s toolbox. Environmental Modeling: A Practical Introduction is just what it purports to be, a practical introduction to the various methods, techniques, and skills ...

  • The Theory of Sprays and Finsler Spaces with Applications in Physics and Biology

    This volume presents the principles and methods of sprays (path spaces) and Finsler spaces with many applications in the physical and life sciences. The book has six chapters and an extensive reference section. Beginning from the classical theory of sprays, Chapter 0 presents an introduction to modern Finsler differential geometry. The ...

  • Simulation Modeling for Watershed Management

    Simulation models enable land and watershed managers to make precise, authoritative determinations about the affects of various changes on the environment over time. This book discusses the role of modeling in the management process and gives an overview of state-of-the-art modeling applications. The first chapters provide background on the ...

  • Landform - Structure, Evolution, Process Control

    The landform is the boundary surface between atmosphere, hydrosphere, biosphere, pedosphere and lithosphere, where life on earth is located. Processes in this surface system depend to a large extent on thespatial characteristics and the configurational status of the system components. Empirical field studies show that most landform components at ...

  • Spatiotemporal Patterns in Ecology and Epidemiology: Theory, Models, and Simulation

    Although the spatial dimension of ecosystem dynamics is now widely recognized, the specific mechanisms behind species patterning in space are still poorly understood and the corresponding theoretical framework is underdeveloped. Going beyond the classical Turing scenario of pattern formation, Spatiotemporal Patterns in Ecology and Epidemiology: ...

  • Integrating biodiversity conservation and sustainable use : lessons learned from ecological networks

    IUCN’s 5th World Parks Congress (2003) concluded that parks should not exist as unique islands, but need to be planned and managed as an integral part of the broader landscape. Ecological networks provide an operational model for conserving biodiversity that is based on ecological principles and allow a degree of human use of the landscape. This ...

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