Forest Dynamics: An Ecological Model / Edition 1

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Over the past two decades, the author has developed and refined an extremely useful simulation model of forest growth. The JABOWA model was the first successful application of digital computer simulation to a complex natural ecosystem. Effects of global warming, acid rain, and commercial forest harvesting practices have been analyzed with this model. Offering a fresh perspective on ecological phenomena, Forest Dynamics provides all the information necessary to understand and use the model. Written for students and professionals in forestry and ecology, the book sets the forest model within the broader context of the science of ecology and the ecological issues that confront society in the management of forests. It also explains the theoretical foundations of the model.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Botkin places the model within the development of the science of ecology; provides an explanation of the model so that readers can understand it, use it, test it, and develop their own extensions and modifications of it." —SciTech Book News

"Provides sufficient technical information so that one can understand, test, and modify the model to specific situations. The value of the book is further enhanced by Botkin's insightful analysis of forest ecology, specifically, ecological succession and forest growth processes." —Choice

"An in-depth examination of a computer simulation that is a model of how forests grow and change over time. Here, Botkin seeks to place the model within the development of the science of ecology . . . so that readers can understand it, use it, test it, and develop their own extensions and modifications." —Journal of Forestry

"I enjoyed reading this book. I found it stimulating and thought-provoking. One good quality of the book was that it retained its focus on the development and use of the model. Anyone wishing to use gap models should read this book." —Rosine W. Hall (Rice University), Ecology

"This is a very technical book that can be read in a general sense to gain an appreciation for the application of models in science and natural resource issues. . ."—The Organization for Tropical Studies Newsletter

"An informative book, backed by the author's wealth of experience and knowledge in temperate forest ecology. His philosophy of science, found throughout the book, is insightful....Written for a wide array of ecologists and forest managers with diverse backgrounds. Forest Dynamics can serve as an introductory text book for those interested in learning how to model for the first time, while experienced ecological modelers may find it a convenient reference for the assumptions and the equations used in JABOWA....Will help those interested in applying JABOWA to field problems to understand its utility as well as its inherent constraints. Perhaps, its most important use is as a resource for instructors interested in using JABOWA as an effective tool for teaching mechanisms regulating tree growth in the forest....Botkin's book is a great resource for anyone interested in learning JABOWA and is a good introduction to ecological simulation models." —Economic Botany

"This book was principally written as a complete technical documentation to accompany the Jabowa II forest model, a computer simulation package designed to study temporal changes in forests....This book goes beyond being just a technical document to support a model, but through its pages offers useful insight into the factors underlying the development of all types of vegetation, not just forests. Through example, it serves as a guide to the sound development of ecosystem models and their testing, derived from Botkin's own modelling experience spanning over 20 years....The book will be a highly valuable asset not only to forest ecologists but as an aid to the teaching of ecosystem simulation techniques."—Arboricultural Journal

"The book is well crafted with a sound logical structure....I believe that the author provides sufficient information, in a clear fashion, to enable readers to draw their own conclusions. The book is perhaps of greatest use to those who intend to use the model and to those who are interested in gaining an insight into how ecological computer simulation models develop."—Forestry

This volume is about a computer simulation that is a model of how forests grow and change over time--the JABOWA forest model, originally developed by the author and his colleagues in the early 1970s. Botkin places the model within the development of the science of ecology; provides an explanation of the model so that readers can understand it, use it, test it, and develop their own extensions and modifications of it; and suggests what is and what likely is not possible in the development of theory for complex ecological systems. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195065558
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 3/28/1993
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 328
  • Product dimensions: 6.31 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 1.16 (d)

Meet the Author

George Mason University
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Table of Contents

1. Nature and Knowing: Ecology and Theory
2. The Forest Environment
3. The Tree in the Forest
4. Implications of the Model for the Dynamics of Forests
5. Testing and Comparing the Model with the Real World
6. Sensitivity of the Model
7. The Use of the Model in Natural Resource Management
8. The Use of the Model in Global Environmental Problems
9. General Implications of the Model for Ecological Theory

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