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Multiple Stable States in Natural Ecosystems$
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Peter Petraitis

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199569342

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199569342.001.0001

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Other modeling approaches

Other modeling approaches

(p.97) 7 Other modeling approaches
Multiple Stable States in Natural Ecosystems

Peter Petraitis

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines other modeling approaches developed by ecologists to test the multiple stable states. Most of these approaches tend to fall into one of the two categories: the conceptual approach and the functional approach. Conceptual approach relies on verbal reasoning and visual representations while functional approach involves specification of a functional relationship between state variables and parameters. This chapter explains the conceptual approach by citing the state-and-transition models and other conceptual approaches. It also describes the weakly dissipative systems and the Coupled systems to give further details about the functional approach.

Keywords:   modeling approach, multiple stable states, conceptual approach, functional approach, state-and-transition models

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