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Title: Ecological Modeling System : conceptual development and design specification
Authors: Information Technology Laboratory (U.S.)
Construction Engineering Research Laboratory (U.S.)
Center Directed Research Program (U.S.)
Swannack, Todd M.
Westervelt, James D.
Hensley, Jeffrey L.
Kennedy, Robert H.
Keywords: Ecological Modeling
Computational ecology
Quantitative environmental science
Software design and development
Computer programs
Ecological Modeling System
Environmental management
Publisher: Environmental Laboratory (U.S.)
Engineer Research and Development Center (U.S.)
Series/Report no.: ERDC TR ; 14-11.
Description: Technical Report
Abstract: As military installations face continued ecological changes caused by changing land use patterns, changing climate, invasive species, and changing missions, the need to forecast the implication of such changes on habitats and at-risk species continues to grow. This requires ecological simulation modeling approaches based on ecological knowledge of the interaction of ecological components at varying time and space scales, at varying ecological hierarchies, and mediated through numerous relationship networks. Because each location and system challenge is unique, a library-based ecological modeling system is required to create cost-effective simulation models. A general purpose, cross-ERDC, widely-adopted ecological modeling system would provide a platform that allows model component reuse, multidisciplinary collaboration, and the ability to rapidly respond to emerging modeling challenges. This reports documents the development of a plan for the creation of an ERDC Ecological Modeling System (EMS) based on the challenges and needs expressed through two ERDC-wide workshops held in 2011.
Rights: Approved for public release; distribution is unlimited.
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