The utility of a digital simulation language for ecological modeling

R.D. Brennan, C.T. de Wit, W.A. Williams, E.V. Quanttrin

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Dynamic modeling of ecological phenomena has been greatly facilitated by the recent development of continuous system simulator programs. This paper illustrates the application of one of these programs, S/360 Continuous System Modeling Program (S/360 CSMP), to four systems of graduated complexity. The first is a two species system, with one feeding on the other, using differential equations with constant coefficients. The second and third systems involve two competing plant species in which the coefficients of the differential equations are varying with time. The final example considers the management of a postulated buffalo herd in which the dynamics of the herd population and composition by sex and age is combined with various strategies to control its size and to optimize buffalo production.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)113-132
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1970

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