Title

Landscape Models and Explanation in Landscape Ecology—A Space for Generative Landscape Science?

Document Type

Article

Peer Reviewed

1

Publication Date

11-1-2006

Journal/Book/Conference Title

Professional Geographer

DOI of Published Version

10.1111/j.1467-9272.2006.00575.x

Abstract

Further development of process-based spatial models is needed to facilitate explanation in landscape ecology. We discuss the dual modeling goals of prediction and explanation and identify challenges faced in explaining landscape patterns. These challenges are especially acute in attempts to explain patterns that result from complex adaptive systems. We compare examples of two process models used to describe landscape changes in Yellowstone National Park as a consequence of predator-prey interactions. Generative landscape science is offered as a complementary approach to explanation, combining models of candidate processes that are believed to give rise to observed patterns with empirical observations. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]; Copyright of Professional Geographer is the property of Taylor & Francis Ltd and its content may not be copied or emailed to multiple sites or posted to a listserv without the copyright holder's express written permission. However, users may print, download, or email articles for individual use. This abstract may be abridged. No warranty is given about the accuracy of the copy. Users should refer to the original published version of the material for the full abstract. (Copyright applies to all Abstracts.)

Keywords

Sustainability

Published Article/Book Citation

Professional Geographer, 58:4 (2006) pp.369-382.

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http://ir.uiowa.edu/geog_pubs/202