Imbalance and balancing: Development of ecological flow networks

Taichi Haruna*, Yukio Pegio Gunji

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In this paper we address balancing process of ecological flow networks. In existing approaches, macroscopic objectives to which systems organize are assumed. Flow balance provides only constraints for the optimization. Since flow balance and objectives are separated from each other, it is impossible to address how the appearance of objectives is related to flow balance. Therefore, we take an alternative approach, in which we directly describe a dynamics of balancing process. We propose a simple mathematical formula for local balancing dynamics and show that it can generate a self-organizing property, which could be seen as a primitive objective.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)208-218
Number of pages11
JournalEcological Complexity
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2009 Jun
Externally publishedYes


  • Balancing
  • Ecosystem
  • Imbalance
  • Objective

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Ecological Modelling

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