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Dynamic Modeling for Marine Conservation : Modeling Dynamic Systems - Mattias Ruth

Dynamic Modeling for Marine Conservation

Modeling Dynamic Systems

By: Mattias Ruth (Editor), James Lindholm (Editor)

Hardcover Published: January 2002
ISBN: 9780387953175
Number Of Pages: 449

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The effects of disturbed ecosystems, from devastating algal blooms to the loss of whale populations, have demonstrated the vulnerability of the oceans¿ biodiversity. Conservation of marine systems requires knowledge from many different fields in order to understand the complex interactions that threaten those systems. Dynamic Modeling for Marine Conservation provides a method of learning how these systems function, determining how natural and human actions have put them in peril and how we can best influence the marine world in order to maintain biodiversity. The difficulties of research and experimentation in the oceans make computer modeling particularly helpful for marine conservation. Modeling also enables scientists to communicate their findings with managers and others concerned with putting their ideas into practice. The book will demonstrate dynamic modeling through the use of the STELLA modeling program and case studies from marine conservation. After a section devoted to the concepts and tools needed to model marine systems, each chapter introduces background information about a key topic in marine conservation, presents an appropriate model, and discusses the results and implications. Contributors bring a wide range of expertise and experience to a selection of models relevant to real-world conservation problems. All models and a run-time version of the STELLA software are included with the book on a CD-ROM, which is compatible with both Macintosh and Window platforms.

From the reviews: "The main aim of this book is to explore the ecological complexity in marine systems in the light of setting a new conservation agenda using the power of dynamic modeling via the graphical programming language of STELLA Research software. ! I recommend this book to anyone interested in actively learning about and understanding the new challenges in marine conservation and related issues." (Andrea Belgrano, Ecology, Vol. 83 (9), 2002)

Foreword
Series Preface
Acknowledgments
Contributors
Concepts and Techniquesp. 1
Introductionp. 3
Modeling in STELLAp. 21
Predator-Prey Dynamicsp. 43
Epidemics in the Marine Systemp. 54
Impact of Fishing Pressure on Mean Length of Fishp. 74
Spatial Fisheries Modelp. 98
Applicationsp. 123
Modeling Atmosphere-Ocean Interactions and Primary Productivityp. 125
Impact of Dynamic Light and Nutrient Environments on Phytoplankton Communities in the Coastal Oceanp. 144
Modeling Eelgrass (Zostera marina L.) Distributions in Great Bay, New Hampshirep. 164
Life-Stage-Based Recovery Dynamics of Marine Invertebrates in Soft-Sediment Habitatsp. 191
Horseshoe Crabs and Shorebirdsp. 214
Kelp, Urchins and Otters in the California Coastal Regionp. 231
Nile Perch Population Dynamics in Lake Victoria: Implications for Management and Conservationp. 257
Dynamics of Multiple Fish Species Under Variable Levels of Exploitationp. 314
Fish Population Responses to Sea Floor Habitat Alteration: Implications for the Design of Marine Protected Areasp. 342
Management of the Commons: Social Behavior and Resource Extractionp. 356
An Age-Structured Model of Fish Population Enhancement: Implications for Conservation and Economic Sustainabilityp. 376
The Global Shrimp Marketp. 395
Conclusionp. 419
Reflections on the Parts and the Wholep. 421
Glossaryp. 425
Installation Instructions for Dynamic Modeling for Marine Conservationp. 431
Referencesp. 433
Indexp. 447
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ISBN: 9780387953175
ISBN-10: 0387953175
Series: Modeling Dynamic Systems
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 449
Published: January 2002
Publisher: Springer-Verlag New York Inc.
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.5  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.92