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Inverse modeling in modern ecology and application to coastal ecosystems
Niquil, N.; Saint-Béat, B.; Johnson, G.A.; Soetaert, K.; Van Oevelen, D.; Bacher, C.; Vézina, A.F. (2011). Inverse modeling in modern ecology and application to coastal ecosystems, in: Wolanski, E. et al. (Ed.) Treatise on Estuarine and Coastal Science: 9. Estuarine and coastal ecosystem modelling. pp. 115-133. hdl.handle.net/10.1016/B978-0-12-374711-2.00906-2
In: Wolanski, E. et al. (Ed.) (2011). Treatise on Estuarine and Coastal Science: 9. Estuarine and coastal ecosystem modelling. Elsevier: Amsterdam. ISBN 978-0-12-387748-2. 458 pp., more

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Keywords
    Mass balance; Optimization; Plankton; Seasonal variations; Marine
Author keywords
    Bayesian statistics; Benthic–pelagic coupling; Ecological network analysis; Ecosystem comparisons; Food web; Inverse analysis; Markov Chain Monte Carlo;

Authors  Top 
  • Niquil, N.
  • Saint-Béat, B.
  • Johnson, G.A.
  • Soetaert, K., more
  • Van Oevelen, D.
  • Bacher, C.
  • Vézina, A.F.

Abstract
    Quantitative estimates of energy or material flows within food webs are increasingly viewed as essential to progress on a number of questions in ecosystem science. Inverse analysis has been used since the 1980s to estimate all flows within plankton food webs originally based on incomplete information. Its application to many aquatic environments, including the coastal zone, has led to a variety of methodological improvements. This chapter explains the methodology of inverse modeling and illustrates its application in modern ecosystems ecology. This relatively new approach also provides rigorous statistical comparisons of food web properties across ecosystems.

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