© 2012

Ecologist-Developed Spatially-Explicit Dynamic Landscape Models

  • James D. Westervelt
  • Gordon L. Cohen


  • Written for ecologists to help inform their work and communicate the consequences of proposed management plans

  • A compilation of spatially explicit simulation models developed by ecologists and planners without formal computer programming skills

  • Some models are the result of professional efforts accomplished in the course of landscape research


Part of the Modeling Dynamic Systems book series (MDS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xx
  2. James D. Westervelt, Gordon L. Cohen
    Pages 1-6
  3. James D. Westervelt, Bruce Hannon
    Pages 7-25
  4. Bart Rossmann, Tim Peterson, John Drake
    Pages 43-62
  5. Jennifer L. Burton, Marina Drigo, Ying Li, Ariane Peralta, Johanna Salzer, Kranthi Varala et al.
    Pages 133-150
  6. Katherine R. Amato, Benjamin Martin, Aloah Pope, Charles Theiling, Kevin Landwehr, Jon Petersen et al.
    Pages 151-170
  7. Todd BenDor, James D. Westervelt, J. P. Aurambout, William Meyer
    Pages 171-195
  8. Jennifer L. Burton, Richard F. Lance, James D. Westervelt, Paul L. Leberg
    Pages 197-209
  9. Todd BenDor, James D. Westervelt
    Pages 223-234
  10. Marina Drigo, Charles R. Ehlschlaeger, Elizabeth L. Sweet
    Pages 235-253
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 255-260

About this book


The optimal management of landscapes must incorporate the cause-and-effect relationships that have so carefully been observed by ecologists in the field. The growing availability of straightforward, user-friendly simulation modeling tools is now helping to bridge the considerable gap between the ecologist’s deep, intuitive technical understanding of landscape systems and the development of practical, science-driven landscape management plans. This book offers a thorough introduction to the topic of real-world simulation modeling for scientists who have completed little or no preparatory work in computer programming. It describes the usefulness of simple, expedient simulation models to disciplines such as ecology and the social sciences, and explains why such models can readily be understood, adopted, and extended by peers in the field or students.

The text provides a detailed description of the process for building spatially explicit simulation models, either by an individual scientist or a multidisciplinary project team. It also introduces the reader to the public domain, easy-to-learn NetLogo software environment, which was used to develop all of the models presented in this book. By following the prescribed model design and development processes, the reader will learn the essentials of rapidly and inexpensively developing simulation models that can provide important new insights into landscape management or other field research problems. Eleven spatially explicit NetLogo simulation models, all developed by ecologists and social scientists without significant programming experience, are fully documented. The book also includes a CD-ROM containing these models and a fully operational copy of NetLogo that functions under all major computer operating systems running Java.

Editors and affiliations

  • James D. Westervelt
    • 1
  • Gordon L. Cohen
    • 2
  1. 1., Army CorpsEngineer Research and Development CenterChampaignUSA
  2. 2.Army Corps of EngineersEngineer Research and Development CenterChampaignUSA

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