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Ecological modeling : an introduction to the art and science of modeling ecological systems

Author: Hsiao-Hsuan Wang; W E Grant
Publisher: Amsterdam, Netherlands ; Cambridge, MA : Elsevier, 2019. ©2019
Series: Developments in environmental modelling, 31.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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Ecological Modeling: An Introduction to the Art and Science of Modeling Ecological Systems, Volume 31, presents the skills needed to appropriately evaluate and use ecological models. Illustrated throughout with practical examples, the book discusses ecological modeling as both an art and a science, balancing the qualitative (artistic) side, with its foundations in common sense and modeling practice, against the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version :
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Hsiao-Hsuan Wang; W E Grant
ISBN: 9780444641649 0444641645
OCLC Number: 1112672001
Description: 1 online resource (xx, 285 pages) : illustrations
Contents: Part I: The systems perspective: Systems, models, and modeling --
Basic building blocks of system structure and behavior. --
Part II: The modeling process: Overview of procedures --
Conceptual model formulation --
Quantitative model specification --
Model evaluation --
Model application. --
Part III: Some practical considerations: Potential pitfalls during the modeling process --
A candid view of the modeling process. --
Part IV: Reflections: How good ("valid") are models? --
What good is modeling? --
Embracing uncertainty --
Integration of existing models --
Alternative ecological modeling formats : commonalities from a systems perspective --
What about the art of modeling?
Series Title: Developments in environmental modelling, 31.
Responsibility: edited by Hsiao-Hsuan Wang, William E. Grant.

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Ecological Modeling: An Introduction to the Art and Science of Modeling Ecological Systems, Volume 31, presents the skills needed to appropriately evaluate and use ecological models. Illustrated throughout with practical examples, the book discusses ecological modeling as both an art and a science, balancing the qualitative (artistic) side, with its foundations in common sense and modeling practice, against the quantitative (scientific) aspects of the modeling process. This book draws on the authors' extensive experience in both teaching and using these techniques to provide readers with a practical, user-friendly guide that supports and encourages the appropriate, effective use of these tools. Key Features: Provides readers with a commonsense understanding of the systems perspective and its foundations in general system theory; Highlights the importance of a solid understanding of the qualitative aspects of the modeling process; Facilitates the ability to appropriately evaluate and use ecological models; Supports learning with a variety of simple examples to instill the desire and confidence to embark upon the modeling experience. Readership: Primer and reference book for natural resource and environmental professionals at both managerial and policy levels whose jobs involve the development, evaluation, and/or use of ecological models. Professionals in programs dealing with wildlife and fisheries management, forestry, and environmental quality, as well as those focusing on more specific areas such as pest control and the management of endangered species, invasive species, and emerging diseases. Graduate-level and upper-division undergraduate-level students in courses covering topics related to the use of systems analysis and simulation in ecology, natural resource management, and the environment. --

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