## Systems ecology: an introductionAn integrated theoretical and applied introduction to systems ecology that uses energy diagrammatic language to explain basic concepts of systems, modelling, and simulation. Teaches energetics while at the same time dealing with the issues of organization, entropy, information, complexity, diversity, frequency, and power and the ways these determine the nature of real systems. Includes analog and digital computer modelling, enabling readers without prior programming experience to create computer models of ecological processes. |

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### Contents

y Introduction to Energy Systems | 3 |

2 Ecosystems and Energy Hierarchy | 15 |

Storage and Flow | 25 |

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