Computational Science Technical Note CSTN-059


Resource Scarcity Effects on Spatial Species Distribution in Animat Agent Models

K. A. Hawick and C. J. Scogings

Archived July 2008


Modelling multiple species spatial distribution patterns and the consequent effects on land resources is a complex problem. We have developed an animat model based on spatial agents that predate on one another and which interact with spatially distributed resources such as vegetation. We show how a model based on relatively simple microscopic interactions can be used to analyse spatial species distribution effects and explore some implications of this class of resource consumption model. We find that animats will exhibit migratory herding behaviour when resources are scarce.

Keywords: species distribution; land use; animat agents; ecosystem.

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  author = {K.A. Hawick and C. J. Scogings},
  title = {Resource Scarcity Effects on Spatial Species Distribution in Animat
	Agent Models},
  booktitle = {Proc. IASTED International Conference on Environmental Modelling
	and Simulation, 16-18 November, Orlando, USA},
  year = {2008},
  editor = {K. Grigoriadis},
  pages = {284-289},
  address = {Orlando, USA.},
  month = {16-18 November},
  publisher = {IASTED},
  note = {ISBN 978-0-88986-777-2},
  institution = {Computer Science, Massey University},
  timestamp = {2008.08.09},
  type = {Tech Note}

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