Environmental Modelling: Finding Simplicity in Complexity / Edition 1by John Wainwright
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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- New Edition
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- 6.91(w) x 9.21(h) x 1.15(d)
Table of Contents
List of Figures.
List of Tables.
Introduction (John Wainwright and Mark Mulligan).
Part I: Modelling and Model Building.
1 Modelling and Model Building (Mark Mulligan and John Wainwright ).
Part II: The State of the Art in Environmental Modelling.
2 Climate and Climate-System Modelling (L. D. Danny Harvey).
3 Soil and Hillslope Hydrology (Andrew Baird).
4 ModellingCatchment Hydrology (Mark Mulligan).
5 Modelling Fluvial Processes and Interactions (Katerina Michaelides and John Wainwright).
6 Modelling the Ecology of Plants (Colin P. Osbourne).
7 Spatial Population Models for Animals (George L. W. Perry and Nick R. Bond).
8 Ecosystem Modelling: Vegetation and Disturbance (Stefano Mazzoleni, Francisco Rego, Francesco Giannino and Colin Legg).
9 Erosion and Sediment Transport (John N. Quinton).
10 Modelling Slope Instability (Andrew Collison and James Griffiths).
11 Finding simplicity in complexity in biogeochemical modelling (Harald Sverdrup and Hördur Haraldsson).
12 Modelling human decision making (John Wainwright and Mark Mulligan).
13 Modelling land-use change (Eric F. Lambin).
Part III: Models for Management.
14 Models in Policy Formulation and Assessment: The WADBOS decision support system (Guy Engelen).
15 Decision Support Systems for Managing Water Resources (Sophia Burke).
16 Soil Erosion and Conservation (Mark A. Nearing).
17 Modelling in Forest Management (Mark J. Twery).
18 Stability and Instability in the Management of Mediterranean Desertification (John B. Thornes).
Part IV: Current and Future Developments.
19 Scaling Issues in Environmental Modelling (Xiaoyang Zhang, Nick A. Drake and John Wainwright).
20 Environmental Applications of Computational Fluid Dynamics (Nigel G. Wright and Chris J. Baker).
21 Self-Organization and Cellular Automata Models (David Favis-Mortlock).
22 Data-Based Mechanistic Modelling and the Simplification of Environmental Systems (Peter C. Young, Arun Chotai and Keith J. Beven).
23 Pointers for the Future (John Wainwright and Mark Mulligan).
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