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1 - What Is a Model?

from Part I - Modelling

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  29 February 2020

Martin Drechsler
Affiliation:
Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research, UFZ, Leipzig
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This introductory chapter presents a definition of a formal scientific model. The definition is by Baumgärtner et al. (2008) in ecological economics and includes three properties: abstracting from reality, being designed for a certain purpose and being formulated within the concepts of the respective scientific discipline. These three criteria are explained and discussed along everyday examples, in particular a street map.

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  • What Is a Model?
  • Martin Drechsler
  • Book: Ecological-Economic Modelling for Biodiversity Conservation
  • Online publication: 29 February 2020
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108662963.003
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  • What Is a Model?
  • Martin Drechsler
  • Book: Ecological-Economic Modelling for Biodiversity Conservation
  • Online publication: 29 February 2020
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108662963.003
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  • What Is a Model?
  • Martin Drechsler
  • Book: Ecological-Economic Modelling for Biodiversity Conservation
  • Online publication: 29 February 2020
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108662963.003
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