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Biogeochemical Models

  • Christopher S. Cronan
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Abstract

Although some natural systems are relatively simple, many others are complex and contain intricate relationships and feedbacks. Whatever the level of complexity, it can be very useful to have a framework or a model for integrating current understanding about a particular system of interest. A model can be defined as a qualitative conceptual or quantitative numerical representation of a process, pattern, or system. Biogeochemical models range in scale and complexity from rudimentary exponential decay equations describing the loss of leaf mass in decomposing litter to large integrated ecosystem models capable of simulating the dynamic patterns of energy flow, nutrient cycling, and hydrologic routing in a watershed. This chapter examines how biogeochemical models provide valuable tools for integrating knowledge and synthesizing new insights regarding element cycling patterns and processes.

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  • Christopher S. Cronan
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  1. 1.School of Biology and EcologyUniversity of MaineOronoUSA

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