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Objectives and Structure for a Grassland Simulation Model

  • George S. Innis
Part of the Ecological Studies book series (ECOLSTUD, volume 26)

Abstract

The objectives of the modeling efforts in the US/IBP Grassland Biome were to stimulate the precise formulation of ideas about the behavior of the system, help direct the research effort through the identification of critical areas for study, and produce a tool for investigating the consequences of management alternatives. The objectives of the model were to simulate biomass dynamics in a variety of grassland types and the response of the system to irrigation, fertilization, and cattle grazing. The model was constructed over a period of several years by a team of investigators, each of whom assumed responsibility for one of the component submodels: i.e., abiotic, producers, mammals, grasshoppers, decomposers, nitrogen, and phosphorus. The primary information source used in developing this model was the US/IBP Grassland Biome intensive study site, Pawnee.

Keywords

Heavy Grazing Grassland Type Grazing Season Warm Season Grass International Biological Program 
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