Environmental Modelling: Finding Simplicity in Complexity / Edition 1by John Wainwright
Pub. Date: 01/19/2004
Simulation models are increasingly used to investigate processes and solve practical problems in a wide variety of disciplines. Central to the concept of this book is the idea that environmental systems are complex, open systems. The approach that the authors take is to present the diversity of approaches to dealing with environmental complexity and to encourage… See more details below
Simulation models are increasingly used to investigate processes and solve practical problems in a wide variety of disciplines. Central to the concept of this book is the idea that environmental systems are complex, open systems. The approach that the authors take is to present the diversity of approaches to dealing with environmental complexity and to encourage readers to make comparisons between these approaches and between different disciplines.
Environmental Modelling: Finding Simplicity in Complexity is divided into four main sections. The first section provides an overview of methods and approaches to modelling. The following sections look at the state of the art in modelling different processes, the tools used and the applications addressed. It concludes with a look into the future of simulation modelling and some of the major developments in the field that are currently ongoing, including the use of GIS.
- Focuses on simplifying complex environmental systems.
- Reviews current software, tools and techniques for modelling.
- Has an associated website containing colour images, links to WWW resources and chapter support pages, including data sets relating to case studies, exercises and model animations.
- Gives practical examples from a wide variety of disciplines, e.g., climatology, ecology, hydrology, geomorphology and engineering.
This book is suitable for 2nd/3rd year undergraduates taking courses in Environmental Modelling in Departments of Geography, Environmental Science, Civil Engineering and Biology. It is also designed to appeal to professionals interested in the environmental sciences, including environmental consultants, government employees, civil engineers, geographers, ecologists, meteorologists, geochemists, soil scientist, environmental managers, social scientists, archaeologists, agronomists, engineers and applied mathematicians, as well as those with interests in spatial modelling and GIS.
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- Edition description:
- New Edition
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- 6.91(w) x 9.21(h) x 1.15(d)
Table of Contents
|List of contributors|
|Pt. I||Modelling and Model Building||5|
|1||Modelling and Model Building||7|
|Pt. II||The State of the Art in Environmental Modelling||75|
|2||Climate and Climate-System Modelling||77|
|3||Soil and Hillslope Hydrology||93|
|4||Modelling Catchment Hydrology||107|
|5||Modelling Fluvial Processes and Interactions||123|
|6||Modelling the Ecology of Plants||143|
|7||Spatial Population Models for Animals||157|
|8||Ecosystem Modelling: Vegetation and Disturbance||171|
|9||Erosion and Sediment Transport||187|
|10||Modelling Slope Instability||197|
|11||Finding Simplicity in Complexity in Biogeochemical Modelling||211|
|12||Modelling Human Decision-Making||225|
|13||Modelling Land-Use Change||245|
|Pt. III||Models for Management||255|
|14||Models in Policy Formulation and Assessment: The WadBOS Decision-Support System||257|
|15||Decision-Support Systems for Managing Water Resources||273|
|16||Soil Erosion and Conservation||277|
|17||Modelling in Forest Management||291|
|18||Stability and Instability in the Management of Mediterranean Desertification||303|
|Pt. IV||Current and Future Developments||317|
|19||Scaling Issues in Environmental Modelling||319|
|20||Environmental Applications of Computational Fluid Dynamics||335|
|21||Self-Organization and Cellular Automata Models||349|
|22||Data-Based Mechanistic Modelling and the Simplification of Environmental Systems||371|
|23||Pointers for the Future||389|
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