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Spatial Interaction in Coral Reef Communities

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The program allows the simulation of spatial dynamics in a benthic coral reef community under
various environmental settings. Several coral species, with either massive or branching colony
growth morphologies are implemented as individual colonies, which compete for space with each
other as well as with macroalgae and algal turf.
Coral species can be parametrised with respect to different life history characteristics, such as
growth, reproduction, competitive abilities and susceptibilities to environmental conditions, such as
extreme temperature events.
Life history characteristics of macroalgae, such as reproduction, growth, maximum size and
mortality can likewise be parametrised.
For more details on the program see also:
Kubicek A, Muhando C, Reuter H (2012) Simulations of Long-Term Community Dynamics in Coral Reefs - How Perturbations Shape Trajectories. PLoS Comput Biol 8(11): e1002791. doi:10.1371/journal.pcbi.1002791

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