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A Coastal Marine Ecosystem

Simulation and Analysis

  • James N. Kremer
  • Scott W. Nixon

Part of the Ecological Studies book series (ECOLSTUD, volume 24)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XI
  2. Perspectives

    1. James N. Kremer, Scott W. Nixon
      Pages 1-13
  3. The Narragansett Bay Model

    1. James N. Kremer, Scott W. Nixon
      Pages 14-19
  4. Theoretical Formulations

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 21-21
    2. James N. Kremer, Scott W. Nixon
      Pages 23-36
    3. James N. Kremer, Scott W. Nixon
      Pages 37-59
    4. James N. Kremer, Scott W. Nixon
      Pages 60-90
    5. James N. Kremer, Scott W. Nixon
      Pages 91-103
  5. Simulation and Analysis

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 105-105
    2. James N. Kremer, Scott W. Nixon
      Pages 107-125
    3. James N. Kremer, Scott W. Nixon
      Pages 126-130
    4. James N. Kremer, Scott W. Nixon
      Pages 131-163
    5. James N. Kremer, Scott W. Nixon
      Pages 164-176
    6. James N. Kremer, Scott W. Nixon
      Pages 177-192
    7. James N. Kremer, Scott W. Nixon
      Pages 193-199
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 200-220

About this book

Introduction

One aim of the physical sciences has been to give an exact picture of the material world. One achievement of physics in the twentieth century has been to prove that that aim is unattainable . . . . There is no absolute knowledge. And those who claim it, whether they are scientists or dogmatists, open the door to tragedy. All information is imperfect. We have to treat it with humility. Bronowski (1973) The Ascent of Man It seems particularly appropriate to us to begin this book with Jacob Bronowski's passionate message firmly in mind. Those who set out to construct numerical models, especially ones that are mechanistic and essentially deterministic, must work always with this awareness as a backdrop for their efforts. But this is also true for the most meticulous physiologist or observant naturalist. We are all dealing with simplifications and abstractions, all trying to figure out how nature works. Unfortunately, this common pursuit does not always lead to mutual understanding, and we have become increasingly aware over the past six years that many ecologists feel a certain hostility or at least distrust toward numerical modeling. In a number of cases the reasons for such feelings are personal and very understandable-hard­ gotten data skimmed off by someone with little appreciation for the difficulties involved in obtaining reliable measurements, grandiose claims of predictability, the tendency for some model builders to treat other scientists as number-getters whose research can be directed in response to the needs of the model, etc.

Keywords

biology ecosystem environment evolution fish information lead physics reproduction simulation

Authors and affiliations

  • James N. Kremer
    • 1
  • Scott W. Nixon
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Biological SciencesUniversity of Southern CaliforniaLos AngelesUSA
  2. 2.Graduate School of OceanographyUniversity of Rhode IslandKingstonUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-66717-6
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1978
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-66719-0
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-66717-6
  • Series Print ISSN 0070-8356
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