1. General Model Information

Name: Model of alkaline grassland ecosystems

Acronym: MAGE

Main medium: terrestrial
Main subject: biogeochemistry
Organization level: ecosystem
Type of model: compartment model, ordinary differential equations
Main application: research
Keywords: grassland, soil alkalization, harvest control, soil water, dealkalization, vegetation dynamics, cation movement


Qiong Gao
Institute of Botany
The Chinese Academy of Science
Beijing 100 044

Phone: (+86)-10-8353831 . 294
Fax: (+86)-10-8319534
email: gaoq@bnu.edu.cn



MAGE is an area-based model for alkaline grassland ecosystems. It was developed to address the problems associated with the soil alkalization/dealkalization processes coupeld with surface vegetation on Songnen Plain, northeast China. The model gave special consideration to the variation of soil characteristics such as water retentivity and hydraulic conductivity as functions of surface vegetation. Vegetation dynamics is modeled as multiple plant species succession, with competition between species reflected as soil water sharing and species niche overlapping along soil water and alkali axis. Surface vegetatin dynamics and optimal harvesting control in light of maximum harvest subject to system stability can be simulated. MAGE consist of submodels simulating

II. Technical Information

II.1 Executables:

Operating System(s): MS-DOS

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III. Mathematical Information

III.1 Mathematics

III.2 Quantities

III.2.1 Input

III.2.2 Output

IV. References

Qiong Gao, Xiusheng Yang, Rui Yun, Chunping Li 1996. MAGE, a dynamic model of alkaline grassland ecosystems with variable soil characteristics.
Ecological Modelling, 93, 19-32.

Qiong Gao, Mei Yu, Chunping Li, Rui Yun 1998. Effects of ground water and harvest intensity on alkaline grassland ecosystem dynamics - a simulation study.
Plant Ecology, 135: 165-176.

V. Further information in the World-Wide-Web

VI. Additional remarks

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