Ecopath with Ecosim as a model-building toolbox: Source code capabilities, extensions, and variations

by Jeroen Steenbeek, Joe Buszowski, Villy Christensen, Ekin Akoglu, Kerim Aydin, Nick Ellis, Dalai Felinto, Jerome Guitton, Sean Lucey, Kelly Kearney, Steven Mackinson, Mike Pan, Mark Platts, Carl Walters
Abstract:
Ecopath with Ecosim (EwE) is a widely applied food web model that is mostly known as desktop software for the Microsoft Windows platform. The freely available Microsoft .NET source code of EwE, however, provides a range of possibilities to use the model in different ways, to customize and extend the model, and to execute the model on different operating systems. We provide an overview of the EwE source code, its philosophy, and its technical capabilities, targeted to model builders and advanced users of the EwE software. We showcase novel scientific applications of the EwE model that have been facilitated because of the modular approach of the system. We also present three additional versions of EwE that have been written in different computer languages for dedicated purposes. Lastly, we provide an entry point for users for obtaining and using the source code for custom purposes.
Reference:
Ecopath with Ecosim as a model-building toolbox: Source code capabilities, extensions, and variations (Jeroen Steenbeek, Joe Buszowski, Villy Christensen, Ekin Akoglu, Kerim Aydin, Nick Ellis, Dalai Felinto, Jerome Guitton, Sean Lucey, Kelly Kearney, Steven Mackinson, Mike Pan, Mark Platts, Carl Walters), In Ecological Modelling, 2016.
Bibtex Entry:
@article{steenbeek_ecopath_2016, title = {Ecopath with {Ecosim} as a model-building toolbox: {Source} code capabilities, extensions, and variations}, issn = {0304-3800}, shorttitle = {Ecopath with {Ecosim} as a model-building toolbox}, url = {http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S030438001500280X}, doi = {doi:10.1016/j.ecolmodel.2015.06.031}, abstract = {Ecopath with Ecosim (EwE) is a widely applied food web model that is mostly known as desktop software for the Microsoft Windows platform. The freely available Microsoft .NET source code of EwE, however, provides a range of possibilities to use the model in different ways, to customize and extend the model, and to execute the model on different operating systems. We provide an overview of the EwE source code, its philosophy, and its technical capabilities, targeted to model builders and advanced users of the EwE software. We showcase novel scientific applications of the EwE model that have been facilitated because of the modular approach of the system. We also present three additional versions of EwE that have been written in different computer languages for dedicated purposes. Lastly, we provide an entry point for users for obtaining and using the source code for custom purposes.}, urldate = {2015-09-09}, journal = {Ecological Modelling}, author = {Steenbeek, Jeroen and Buszowski, Joe and Christensen, Villy and Akoglu, Ekin and Aydin, Kerim and Ellis, Nick and Felinto, Dalai and Guitton, Jerome and Lucey, Sean and Kearney, Kelly and Mackinson, Steven and Pan, Mike and Platts, Mark and Walters, Carl}, year = {2016}, keywords = {Ecopath with Ecosim, ecosystem, Fisheries, Food web model, Model interoperability, Open source software}, file = {Steenbeek et al. - Ecopath with Ecosim as a model-building toolbox S.pdf:D:\Zotero\storage\QW424IX8\Steenbeek et al. - Ecopath with Ecosim as a model-building toolbox S.pdf:application/pdf}}