Standardized ecological indicators to assess aquatic food webs: The ECOIND software plug-in for Ecopath with Ecosim models

by M. Coll, J. Steenbeek
Abstract:
Ecological indicators are useful tools to analyse and communicate historical changes in ecosystems and plausible future scenarios while evaluating environmental status. Here we introduce a new plug-in to the Ecopath with Ecosim (EwE) food web modelling approach, which is widely used to quantitatively describe aquatic ecosystems. The plug-in (ECOIND) calculates standardized ecological indicators. We describe the primary functionality of ECOIND and provide an example of its application in both static and temporal-spatial dynamic modelling, while we highlight several related features including a new taxonomy input database (species traits) and the ability to analyse input uncertainty on output results. ECOIND adds new capabilities to the widely used EwE food web modelling approach and enables broadening its applications into biodiversity and conservation-based frameworks to contribute to integrated ecosystem analyses.
Reference:
Standardized ecological indicators to assess aquatic food webs: The ECOIND software plug-in for Ecopath with Ecosim models (M. Coll, J. Steenbeek), In Environmental Modelling & Software, volume 89, 2017.
Bibtex Entry:
@article{coll_standardized_2017, title = {Standardized ecological indicators to assess aquatic food webs: {The} {ECOIND} software plug-in for {Ecopath} with {Ecosim} models}, volume = {89}, issn = {1364-8152}, shorttitle = {Standardized ecological indicators to assess aquatic food webs}, url = {http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1364815216311173}, doi = {10.1016/j.envsoft.2016.12.004}, abstract = {Ecological indicators are useful tools to analyse and communicate historical changes in ecosystems and plausible future scenarios while evaluating environmental status. Here we introduce a new plug-in to the Ecopath with Ecosim (EwE) food web modelling approach, which is widely used to quantitatively describe aquatic ecosystems. The plug-in (ECOIND) calculates standardized ecological indicators. We describe the primary functionality of ECOIND and provide an example of its application in both static and temporal-spatial dynamic modelling, while we highlight several related features including a new taxonomy input database (species traits) and the ability to analyse input uncertainty on output results. ECOIND adds new capabilities to the widely used EwE food web modelling approach and enables broadening its applications into biodiversity and conservation-based frameworks to contribute to integrated ecosystem analyses.}, urldate = {2017-01-03}, journal = {Environmental Modelling & Software}, author = {Coll, M. and Steenbeek, J.}, month = mar, year = {2017}, keywords = {Ecological standardized indicators, Ecopath with Ecosim, Ecospace, Environmental status, Food web models, Software plug-in}, pages = {120--130}, file = {Coll and Steenbeek - 2017 - Standardized ecological indicators to assess aquat.pdf:D:\Zotero\storage\3G72XZSF\Coll and Steenbeek - 2017 - Standardized ecological indicators to assess aquat.pdf:application/pdf}}