Introduction to population dynamics and resource exploitation

Introduction to population dynamics and resource exploitation

Enrico Canuto and Daniele Mazza, Former Faculty,  Politecnico di Torino

The paper was suggested by a brief note of the D. Mazza about the application of the Hubbert’s curve (in other terms, the derivative of the logistic function) to predict the decay of resource exploitation (1). A further suggestion came from the interpretation of the Hubbert’s curve in terms of a specific Lotka-Volterra (LV) equation by U. Bardi and A. Lavacchi (2). The link with population dynamics was obvious as both logistic function and LV equation were proposed within the demography science field.

  1. Mazza, La curva sigmoide e il grafico di Hubbert (in Italian), February 2019, available from https://resources-and-reserves.blogspot.com/.
  2. Bardi and A. Lavacchi, A simple interpretation of Hubbert’s model of resource exploitation, Energies, 2009, Vol. 2. pp. 646-661.
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