Environmental Modelling: Finding Simplicity in Complexity / Edition 1

Environmental Modelling: Finding Simplicity in Complexity / Edition 1

by John Wainwright
     
 

ISBN-10: 0471496189

ISBN-13: 9780471496182

Pub. Date: 01/19/2004

Publisher: Wiley

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

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Overview

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.

This book:

  • 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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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780471496182
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
01/19/2004
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
430
Product dimensions:
6.91(w) x 9.21(h) x 1.15(d)

Table of Contents

List of contributors
Preface
Introduction1
Pt. IModelling and Model Building5
1Modelling and Model Building7
Pt. IIThe State of the Art in Environmental Modelling75
2Climate and Climate-System Modelling77
3Soil and Hillslope Hydrology93
4Modelling Catchment Hydrology107
5Modelling Fluvial Processes and Interactions123
6Modelling the Ecology of Plants143
7Spatial Population Models for Animals157
8Ecosystem Modelling: Vegetation and Disturbance171
9Erosion and Sediment Transport187
10Modelling Slope Instability197
11Finding Simplicity in Complexity in Biogeochemical Modelling211
12Modelling Human Decision-Making225
13Modelling Land-Use Change245
Pt. IIIModels for Management255
14Models in Policy Formulation and Assessment: The WadBOS Decision-Support System257
15Decision-Support Systems for Managing Water Resources273
16Soil Erosion and Conservation277
17Modelling in Forest Management291
18Stability and Instability in the Management of Mediterranean Desertification303
Pt. IVCurrent and Future Developments317
19Scaling Issues in Environmental Modelling319
20Environmental Applications of Computational Fluid Dynamics335
21Self-Organization and Cellular Automata Models349
22Data-Based Mechanistic Modelling and the Simplification of Environmental Systems371
23Pointers for the Future389
Index397

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