Published In

Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

7-20-2009

Subjects

Environmental monitoring, Forest landscape design, Green technology, Computer software development, Ecological modelling

Abstract

Modern software development techniques are largely unknown to ecologists. Typically, ecological models and other software tools are developed for limited research purposes, and additional capabilities are added later, usually in an ad hoc manner. Modern software engineering techniques can substantially increase scientific rigor and confidence in ecological models and tools. These techniques have the potential to transform how ecological software is conceived and developed, improve precision, reduce errors, and increase scientific credibility. We describe our re-engineering of the forest landscape model LANDIS (LANdscape DIsturbance and Succession) to illustrate the advantages of using common software engineering practices.

Description

Copyright 2010 The Ecological Society of America. This is the publishers final PDF reproduced here with author and publisher permission.

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DOI

10.1890/080141

Persistent Identifier

http://archives.pdx.edu/ds/psu/10254

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