Landscape systems modelling: A disturbance ecology approach

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Margetts, Jacqueline
Barnett, Rod
Popov, Nikolay
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2007
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disturbance ecology
multi-agent simulation
NetLogo
landscape systems modelling
cyclones
natural disasters
Pasifika
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Niue
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Margetts, J., Barnett, R., Popov, N. (2007). Landscape systems modelling: A disturbance ecology approach. In J. Shepherd & K. Fielder (Eds.). Proceedings of the 13th Annual Australia and New Zealand Systems Conference 2007, Systematic Development: Local Solutions in a Global Environment. (CD Rom ed.) Goodyear, Arizona: ICE Publishing.
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This paper reports on research which explores the modelling of landscape systems over time using multiagent simulation (MAS) software called NetLogo. Two case studies investigate a disturbance ecology approach to the recovery of Pacific Island settlements after cyclonic events. First, the natural tropical forest sequence of colonisation-succession-disturbance which operates on Pacific Islands subject to frequent cyclonic events is modelled according to the rules of forest recovery. Then, rules derived from the tropical forest model are applied to a Pacific resort to explore design possibilities as the resort responds to cyclonic disturbance. There are two useful outcomes: the possible impact of a cyclone on a resort is modelled, and new patterns of resort design emerge. The research shows that MAS can not only model natural landscape systems but also be used to explore an infinite number of ‘what-if’ design scenarios. The results show the potential for MAS in landscape architectural practice.
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