Ecology and Natural Resource Management: Systems Analysis and Simulation / Edition 1

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This book explores the theory and methods of systems analysis and computer modeling as applied to problems in ecology and natural resource management. It reflects the problems and conflicts between competing uses of limited space and the need for quantitative predictors of the outcome of various management strategies.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471137863
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 3/5/1997
  • Edition description: BK&CD-ROM
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 400
  • Product dimensions: 9.21 (w) x 6.14 (h) x 0.88 (d)

Table of Contents

1 The Systems Approach to Problem Solving 3
2 Basic Concepts of Systems Analysis and Simulation 16
3 Conceptual-Model Formulation 31
4 Quantitative-Model Specification 44
5 Model Evaluation 65
6 Model Use 84
7 Modular Representation of System Structure and Dynamics 93
8 The Modeling Process in Practice: Iteration of Phases 108
9 Annotated Example of Model Development and Use: Simulation of Aquaculture Pond Management 115
10 Reporting the Development and Use of Simulation Models 201
11 Population Dynamics: Effects of Density-Independent and Density-Dependent Factors 217
12 Population Dynamics: Effects of Age-Specific Natality and Mortality 223
13 Interspecific Competition: Effects of Fluctuating Environmental Conditions 233
14 Community Structure: Effects of Competition and Frequency of Ecological Disturbance 245
15 Predator-Prey Systems: Effects of Predator on Prey and Prey on Predator 257
16 Energy Balance of Homeotherms: Effects of Foraging and Thermoregulation 272
17 Wildlife Management: Effects of Habitat Fragmentation on the Management of Endangered Animal Species 287
18 Fisheries Management: Effects of Harvest Regulations on the Biomass Yield from a Fishery 305
19 Rangeland Management: Effects of Stocking Density and Frequency of Brush Control on Rangeland Productivity 325
20 Forest Management: Effects of Timber Harvest on the Relative Abundance of Wildlife Species 340
21 Reflections 357
References 359
About the CD-ROM 361
Index 368
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