2011

Modelling Complex Ecological Dynamics

An Introduction into Ecological Modelling for Students, Teachers & Scientists

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ISBN: 978-3-642-05028-2 (Print) 978-3-642-05029-9 (Online)

Table of contents (24 chapters)

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  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xvii

  2. Introduction

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      Pages 1-1

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      Pages 3-12

      Backgrounds and Scope of Ecological Modelling: Between Intellectual Adventure and Scientific Routine

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      Pages 13-28

      What Are the General Conditions Under Which Ecological Models Can be Applied?

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      Pages 29-40

      Historical Background of Ecological Modelling and Its Importance for Modern Ecology

  3. Modelling Techniques and Approaches

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      Pages 41-41

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      Pages 43-54

      System Analysis and Context Assessment

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      Pages 55-66

      Steady State Models of Ecological Systems: EcoPath Approach to Mass-Balanced System Descriptions

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      Pages 67-91

      Ordinary Differential Equations

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      Pages 93-103

      Partial Differential Equations

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      Pages 105-117

      Cellular Automata in Ecological Modelling

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      Pages 119-132

      Leslie Matrices

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      Pages 133-145

      Modelling Ecological Processes with Fuzzy Logic Approaches

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      Pages 147-161

      Grammar-Based Models and Fractals

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      Pages 163-178

      Individual-Based Models

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      Pages 179-196

      Modelling Species’ Distributions

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      Pages 197-209

      Decision Trees in Ecological Modelling

  4. Application Fields, Case Studies and Examples

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 211-213

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      Pages 215-229

      Neutral Models and the Analysis of Landscape Structure

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      Pages 231-240

      Stage-Structured Integro-Differential Models: Application to Invasion Ecology

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      Pages 241-255

      Modelling Resilience and Phase Shifts in Coral Reefs: Application of Different Modelling Approaches

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      Pages 257-268

      Trophic Cascades and Food Web Stability in Fish Communities of the Everglades

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      Pages 269-277

      Lake Glumsø: Case Study on Modelling a Small Danish Lake

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      Pages 279-289

      Biophysical Models: An Evolving Tool in Marine Ecological Research

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