Simulation of Natural Resource Systems

by Martin Fogel, Univ of Arizona, Sch of Renewable, Natural Resources, Tucson, AZ, USA,
Peter F. Ffolliott, Univ of Arizona, Sch of Renewable, Natural Resources, Tucson, AZ, USA,



Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Watershed Management in the Eighties

Abstract: Desertification, defined as the loss in productive capacity of the land, has spawned research in decision making involving multi-objective situations. In this study, computer simulation of both the physical and biological processes is used to assess various options available to resource managers. System dynamics of semiarid rangeland watersheds, the example used in this case, are simulated to determine the complex interactions between environmental processes and management actions. With the assumption that the computer simulation models are reasonable facsimilies of the real world, managers can determine the effect of proposed actions prior to their implementation.

Subject Headings: Computer models | Resource management | Arid lands | Biological processes | Managers | Rangeland | Watersheds | Natural resources

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