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Ecological Modelling

  1. Wolfgang Pittroff1,
  2. Ellen K Pedersen2

Published Online: 3 MAY 2005

DOI: 10.1038/npg.els.0003270



How to Cite

Pittroff, W. and Pedersen, E. K. 2005. Ecological Modelling. eLS. .

Author Information

  1. 1

    University of California, Davis, California, USA

  2. 2

    Colorado State University, Fort Collins, and Colorado Division of Fish and Game, Gunnison, Colorado, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 3 MAY 2005


Ecological modelling is the use of systems analysis and simulation to mimic complex ecological systems by summarizing available relevant information. The process includes the development of conceptual and quantitative models, and the evaluation and use of the model to answer the specific questions for which the model was built.


  • systems analysis;
  • ecological modelling;
  • simulation