goal function

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A function that by current optimization can describe the succession of an ecosystem. ‘Ecosystems do not, of course, have goals; but their successional development may be described by a goal function’ (Jørgensen and Nielsen (2007) Energy 32, 5). Phillips (2008) PPG32, 1 reviews theories of evolution and ecosystem development based on goal functions. See F. Müller and M. Leupelt, eds (1998).

Subjects: Earth Sciences and Geography.

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