ECOPATH II: a software for balancing steady-state ecosystem models and calculating network characteristics uri icon

abstract

  • The ECOPATH II microcomputer software is presented as an approach for balancing ecosystem models. It includes (i) routines for balancing the flow in a steady-state ecosystem from estimation of a missing parameter for all groups in the system, (ii) routines for estimating network flow indices, and (iii) miscellaneous routines for deriving additional indices such as food selection indices and omnivory indices. The use of ECOPATH II is exemplified through presentation of a model of the Schlei Fjord ecosystem (Western Baltic)

publication date

  • 2008