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About this book
Over the past two decades, the author has developed and refined an extremely useful simulation model of forest growth. The JABOWA model was the first successful application of digital computer simulation to a complex natural ecosystem. This book provides all the information necessary to understand and use the model.
Acknowledgements; Preface; Nature and knowing: Ecology and theory; The forest environment; The tree in the forest; Implications of the model for the dynamics of forests; Testing and comparing the model with the real world; Sensitivity of the model; The use of the model in natural resource management; The use of the model in global environmental problems; General implications of the model for ecological theory; Glossary; Appendices; References; Index.
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309 pages, Figs, tabs
"Botkin places the model within the development of the science of ecology; provides an explanation of the model so that readers can understand it, use it, test it, and develop their own extensions and modifications of it." --SciTech Book News
"Provides sufficient technical information so that one can understand, test, and modify the model to specific situations. The value of the book is further enhanced by Botkin's insightful analysis of forest ecology, specifically, ecological succession and forest growth processes." --Choice
"An in-depth examination of a computer simulation that is a model of how forests grow and change over time. Here, Botkin seeks to place the model within the development of the science of ecology . . . so that readers can understand it, use it, test it, and develop their own extensions and modifications." --Journal of Forestry
"I enjoyed reading this book. I found it stimulating and thought-provoking. One good quality of the book was that it retained