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Most ecosystem management practices have bioenergy usually being measured in Joules, kilo-Joules, or mega-Joules. When first designing the simulation, I found some “inconveniences” with using Joules as my unit of energy. So I invented my own unit for energy called the “kelov.” One kelov is the amount sunlight that falls on a 10cm x 10cm square in this ecosystem in one month.

Using this unit made both the design and programming of the simulation much easier. Plus, students can easily relate kelov values of any organism to sunlight. For example, an average adult mouse has 216.3 kelovs of bioenergy. This means the mouse has an equivalent energy of a month of sunlight falling on 21,630 cm² (or 2.163 m²) on this ecosystem.

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