Ecological modelling

Definition

Ecological modelling is the construction and analysis of mathematical models of ecological processes, including both purely biological and combined biophysical models. Models can be analytic or simulation-based and are used to understand complex ecological processes and predict how real ecosystems might change.

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News and Comment

  • News and Views |

    Feedbacks between biological and economic systems can lead to persistent poverty traps for the world’s rural poor. A combination of economic, ecological and epidemiological modelling helps unravel how these feedbacks and traps occur.

    • Chris Desmond
  • Comments and Opinion |

    In 2018 technologies on the International Space Station will provide 1 year of synchronous observations of ecosystem composition, structure and function. We discuss these instruments and how they can be used to constrain global models and improve our understanding of the current state of terrestrial ecosystems. Author Correction (05 September 2017)

    • E. Natasha Stavros
    • , David Schimel
    • , Ryan Pavlick
    • , Shawn Serbin
    • , Abigail Swann
    • , Laura Duncanson
    • , Joshua B. Fisher
    • , Fabian Fassnacht
    • , Susan Ustin
    • , Ralph Dubayah
    • , Anna Schweiger
    •  & Paul Wennberg
  • News and Views |

    A tribute to Ilkka Hanski. Empirical data modelling shows that molecular variation at a candidate gene within populations has consequences for metapopulation size and persistence.

    • Michel Baguette
    • , Radika Michniewicz
    •  & Virginie M. Stevens
  • News and Views |

    In the transition from laminar to turbulent pipe flow, puffs of turbulence form, split and decay. The phenomenology and lifetime of these turbulent puffs exhibit population dynamics that also drive predator–prey ecosystems on the edge of extinction.

    • Johannes Knebel
    • , Markus F. Weber
    •  & Erwin Frey
    Nature Physics 12, 204–205