InterJournal Complex Systems, 289
Status: Submitted
Manuscript Number: [289]
Submission Date: 990628
Comment on manuscript revision number 7412
Referee Report for MS 2533
Author(s): Anonymous

Subject(s): CX.35, CX.34

Category: Brief Article

Abstract:

The authors propose a novel modeling framework in which they will use ODEs to describe changes in both physical and biological components of an interacting system. I like this idea and think it is worth exploring. Therefore, I was disappointed to see that most of the article is just a rehash of the Gaia hypothesis, and the authors don't really explore the modeling framework they set up. Here are some questions that could be addressed: what are the stability and dynamical properties of the model? What are some realistic choices of coefficients for different parameters? How will the authors address the very different time scales (and time lags) that operate on physical and biological systems? As it currently stands, the model is little more than window dressing for a discussion of the Gaia hypothesis. There is a large literature by ecologists who have explored the dynamical properties of ODEs that should be consulted. Start with R. May's Stability and Complexity in Model Ecosystems. I would recommend rejection if this were submitted to a conventional journal, but I suppose it will be of interest to readers of this forum.

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