Journal of the Operational Research Society

, Volume 65, Issue 11, pp 1625–1635

A multi-objective optimization approach for invasive species control

  • İ Esra Büyüktahtakın
  • Zhuo Feng
  • Ferenc Szidarovszky
General Paper

Abstract

In this paper, we formulate and analyse a long-term multi-objective dynamic model for controlling invasive species. This optimization framework is then applied to the case of buffelgrass control in the Arizona desert. The proposed model simultaneously optimizes three objectives corresponding to three different valued and threatened resources including saguaros (a native cactus species), buildings and vegetation. The model is used to decide the optimal allocation of labour to these resources to control the population of the species in a multi-period planning horizon. The computational method to solve this problem is based on multi-objective integer programming.

Keywords

invasive species biological invasion environmental studies optimal control integer programming multi-objective optimization 

Copyright information

© Operational Research Society Ltd. 2013

Authors and Affiliations

  • İ Esra Büyüktahtakın
    • 1
  • Zhuo Feng
    • 2
  • Ferenc Szidarovszky
    • 2
    • 3
  1. 1.Wichita State UniversityWichitaUSA
  2. 2.Arizona State University, PhoenixUSA
  3. 3.University of Pécs, PécsHungary

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