Accession Number : ADA328629

Title :   A Dynamic Simulation Model of the Desert Tortoise (Gopherus agassizii) Habitat in the Central Mojave Desert.

Descriptive Note : Final rept.,

Corporate Author : CONSTRUCTION ENGINEERING RESEARCH LAB (ARMY) CHAMPAIGN IL

Personal Author(s) : Westervelt, James ; Hannon, Bruce ; Levi, Shaun ; Harper, Steven

PDF Url : ADA328629

Report Date : JUL 1997

Pagination or Media Count : 78

Abstract : Historically, conscientious land use decisions that preserve complex relationships within ecosystems and among communities living on the landscape emerged only by rigorously testing various land management strategies. Until recently, the most convenient 'laboratory' available was the open environment itself. Political and legislative policies have provided incentives to change this costly trial-and-error experimentation. Across the nation, Army and civilian land management offices responsible for the management of natural resources, endangered species, water quality, aesthetics, and economic productivity of the land, are turning toward ecological modeling for assistance in making decisions. This report describes the development of a dynamic, spatial, ecological model designed to help manage and protect the endangered desert tortoise living at Fort Irwin, an Army training center in the Mojave Desert. It is a generic prototype of the kind of tool needed to predict potential consequences and the degree of severity that highly disruptive land uses can have on the natural environment.

Descriptors :   *HABITATS, *ECOLOGY, *TURTLES, COMPUTERIZED SIMULATION, MANAGEMENT, MODELS, ARMY TRAINING, NATURAL RESOURCES, ECOSYSTEMS, ENDANGERED SPECIES, LAND USE, DESERTS, REPTILES.

Subject Categories : Ecology
      Computer Programming and Software

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE