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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

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

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199569342.003.0007

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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