1. General Model Information

Name: Cootes Paradise Ecosystem

Acronym: COOTES

Main medium: aquatic+terrstrial
Main subject: populationdynamics, biogeochemistry
Organization level: ecosystem, population
Type of model: not specified
Main application: decision support/expert system, education, research
Keywords: wetland, nutrient, benthos, plankton, cattail, purple loosestrife, carp, fish, waterfowl, Stella


Jurek Kolasa
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Cootes Paradise is a 250ha wetland with a variety of interacting components.
A Stella II model attempts to capture most of its complexity to assess the impact of various management scenarios. Target organisms include cattails, purple loosestrife, and carp. A variety of approaches are employed. For example, wetland vegetation is modelled using habitat area while fish are approached via individual bioenergetic requirements and growth rates. The model is continuosly debugged and updated.

II. Technical Information

II.1 Executables:

Operating System(s): Will require either a Stella package or a downloadable runtime version - will attempt to provide.

II.2 Source-code:

Programming Language(s): Stella - proprietary. Code explicit in the model: can be modified.

II.3 Manuals:

II.4 Data:

A diverse set on many dozens of biological and abiotic components -will be included in the documentation - at the moment the documentation is not ready for distribution because it is incomplete and scattered as various computer files.

III. Mathematical Information

III.1 Mathematics

III.2 Quantities

III.2.1 Input

III.2.2 Output

IV. References

In development - will be available on one of the McMasterservers (those associated with the Dept of Biology.

V. Further information in the World-Wide-Web

VI. Additional remarks

The model has been produced by 15 graduate students asa part of ecological simulation course conducted by
Last review of this document by: Jurek Kolasa 21. 6. 1997
Status of the document:
last modified by Tobias Gabele Wed Aug 21 21:44:41 CEST 2002

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