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Ecosystem dynamics viewed from an endoperspective

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Hauhs, Michael ; Lange, Holger:
Ecosystem dynamics viewed from an endoperspective.
In: Science of the Total Environment. Vol. 183 (1996) Issue 1-2 . - pp. 125-136.
ISSN 1879-1026
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/0048-9697(95)04969-X

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The connection between ecosystems, thermodynamics and information theory is analyzed. We intend to show that the laws on computation can be applied in a much simpler and direct way than thermodynamic laws. The focus is on terrestrial ecosystems, for which boundaries are defined according to the statistical properties of energy and matter fluxes. The internal model which organisms inside ecosystems have about their environment is investigated. The evolution of an ecosystem model is considered as an alternation of model testing and model revision phases. The problem of knowledge acquisition for an observer placed inside the system and intimately connected with it (endoperspective) is discussed in detail. The bounds for the maximal information gain depending on thermodynamic conditions are derived under different assumptions. The proposed framework has not been rigorously tested yet, but it would explain much of the current dilemma in ecological modelling. Its application leads to testable predictions.

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Item Type: Article in a journal
Refereed: Yes
Additional notes: BAYCEER6957
Institutions of the University: Faculties > Faculty of Biology, Chemistry and Earth Sciences > Department of Earth Sciences > Chair Ecological Modelling
Faculties > Faculty of Biology, Chemistry and Earth Sciences > Department of Earth Sciences > Chair Ecological Modelling > Chair Ecological Modelling - Univ.-Prof. Dr. Michael Hauhs
Research Institutions > Research Centres > Bayreuth Center of Ecology and Environmental Research- BayCEER
Faculties
Faculties > Faculty of Biology, Chemistry and Earth Sciences
Faculties > Faculty of Biology, Chemistry and Earth Sciences > Department of Earth Sciences
Research Institutions
Research Institutions > Research Centres
Result of work at the UBT: Yes
DDC Subjects: 500 Science
Date Deposited: 22 Oct 2015 07:29
Last Modified: 22 Oct 2015 07:29
URI: https://eref.uni-bayreuth.de/id/eprint/20754