Environmental Modelling: Finding Simplicity in Complexity / Edition 1

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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 scientists, 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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“Those caveats aside, this book will provide an interesting and stimulating read for scientists with some familiarity with modelling who want to extend their understanding and to see how modelling has been usefully applied across a very wide range of problems in environmental science.”  (European Journal of Soil Science, 1 December 2013)

“Summing Up: Recommended.  Graduate students, researchers/faculty, and professionals/practitioners.”  (Choice, 1 January 2014)

“To conclude, the book offers important information on how to use models to develop our understanding of the processes that form the environment around us.”  (Environmental Engineering and Management Journal, 1 April 2013)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471496182
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/19/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 430
  • Product dimensions: 6.91 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 1.15 (d)

Meet the Author

John Wainwright is Professor in the Department of Geography at Durham University.

Mark Mulligan is Reader within the Dept of Geography at King's College, London.

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Table of Contents

List of contributors
Introduction 1
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
Index 397
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