Ecosystem models describe trophic interactions within the ecosystems and provide a good basis for studying the general patterns of ecological properties. Here, we review 75 Ecopath models of coastal ecosystems to describe and assess their structural and functional characteristics and to investigate the ecological roles of their main functional groups. The analysis highlights the influence of depth, latitude, and longitude on their main ecological properties; the importance of different ecosystem types in distinguishing different ecological features; and the influence of the total size of the modeled ecosystem on ecosystem properties, as bigger ecosystems include higher-trophic-level organisms such as highly mobile fish.

Ecopath Theory, Modeling, and Application to Coastal Ecosystems

Libralato S;
2012

Abstract

Ecosystem models describe trophic interactions within the ecosystems and provide a good basis for studying the general patterns of ecological properties. Here, we review 75 Ecopath models of coastal ecosystems to describe and assess their structural and functional characteristics and to investigate the ecological roles of their main functional groups. The analysis highlights the influence of depth, latitude, and longitude on their main ecological properties; the importance of different ecosystem types in distinguishing different ecological features; and the influence of the total size of the modeled ecosystem on ecosystem properties, as bigger ecosystems include higher-trophic-level organisms such as highly mobile fish.
9780123747112
File in questo prodotto:
File Dimensione Formato  
B2012_Heymans et al 2012 (treatise Book).pdf

non disponibili

Tipologia: Altro materiale allegato
Licenza: Non specificato
Dimensione 768.73 kB
Formato Adobe PDF
768.73 kB Adobe PDF   Visualizza/Apri   Richiedi una copia

I documenti in IRIS sono protetti da copyright e tutti i diritti sono riservati, salvo diversa indicazione.

Utilizza questo identificativo per citare o creare un link a questo documento: http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.14083/3743
 Attenzione

Attenzione! I dati visualizzati non sono stati sottoposti a validazione da parte dell'ateneo

Citazioni
  • ???jsp.display-item.citation.pmc??? ND
  • Scopus 34
  • ???jsp.display-item.citation.isi??? ND
social impact