A simple stochastic weather generator for ecological modeling

  • Author(s): Birt, A.G.; Valdez-Vivas, M.R.; Feldman, R.M.; Lafon, C.W.; Cairns, D.; Coulson, R.N.; Tchakerian, M.; Xi, W.; Guldin, Jim
  • Date: 2010
  • Station ID: Miscellaneous Publication-SRS-25

Abstract

Stochastic weather generators are useful tools for exploring the relationship between organisms and their environment. This paper describes a simple weather generator that can be used in ecological modeling projects. We provide a detailed description of methodology, and links to full C++ source code (http://weathergen.sourceforge.net) required to implement or modify the generator. We argue that understanding the principles of weather generation will allow ecologists to tailor a solution for their own requirements. The detailed, repeatable methodology we present demonstrates that weather generation is relatively straightforward for ecologists to implement and modify.

  • Citation: Birt, A.G.; Valdez-Vivas, M.R.; Feldman, R.M.; Lafon, C.W.; Cairns, D.; Coulson, R.N.; Tchakerian, M.; Xi, W.; Guldin, J.M. 2010. A simple stochastic weather generator for ecological modeling. Environmental Modelling and Software 25(10):1252-1255.

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