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Design and Application of an Object-Oriented, Web-Based, Model/Game System for Exploring Ecosystem Responses to Management Options
Published by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, St. Joseph, Michigan www.asabe.orgCitation: Paper number 053031, 2005 ASAE Annual Meeting . (doi: 10.13031/2013.19822) @2005
Authors: G.A. Kiker
Keywords: Object-oriented modeling, java, ecological, decision, scenario, adaptive management, game
The Questions and Decisions (QnD) screening model system was created to provide
an effective and efficient tool to incorporate ecosystem, management, economics and socio-political
issues into a user-friendly modeling framework. The model is written in object-oriented Java and can
be deployed as a stand-alone program or as a web-accessed tool. The QnD model links the spatial
components within geographic information system (ArcInfo Shape) files to the abiotic (climatic), biotic
and chemical/contaminant interactions that exist in an environmental system. The model can be
constructed on combinations of detailed technical data or estimated interactions of the
ecological/management/social/economic forces influencing an ecosystem.