Abstract
Modelling enables theory and empirical evidence to be brought together to build representations of how realworld systems work and how they are likely to respond to external influences. Models can take many forms, such as simple verbal or written descriptions, flow diagrams, sets of mathematical equations or computer programs. Usually the process begins with the development of a verbal or written description of a realworld system (i.e. a ‘conceptual model’), which subsequently can be translated into a mathematical or computational format (i.e. an ‘implemented model’). This implemented model can then be given appropriate inputs such that outputs, predicting the dynamics of the system of interest, are generated (Edmonds and Hales, 2003; Wilensky and Rand, 2007; Fig. 14.1). The outputs can then be compared to understanding or empirical data related to the behaviour of a natural system and this comparison can result in modification of the conceptual model. This iterative process can make amajor contribution to our understanding of how systems work and what may be the crucial drivers of a system (Edmonds, 2000; Fig. 14.1)
Original language  English 

Title of host publication  Conflicts in Conservation: Navigating Towards Solutions 
Publisher  Cambridge University Press 
Pages  195211 
Number of pages  17 
ISBN (Print)  9781139084574, 9781107017696 
DOIs  
Publication status  Published  1 Jan 2015 
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