Modeling the Environment: An Introduction to System Dynamics Modeling of Environmental Systems / Edition 1

Modeling the Environment: An Introduction to System Dynamics Modeling of Environmental Systems / Edition 1

by Andrew Ford
     
 

ISBN-10: 1559636017

ISBN-13: 9781559636018

Pub. Date: 03/01/1999

Publisher: Island Press

<p>Modeling the Environment is the first introductory textbook for a technique of rapidly growing importance. It requires little or no mathematical background, and is appropriate for undergraduate environmental students as well as professionals new to modelling. Developed from the author's own introductory course, it is classroom-tested and represents an important…  See more details below

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<p>Modeling the Environment is the first introductory textbook for a technique of rapidly growing importance. It requires little or no mathematical background, and is appropriate for undergraduate environmental students as well as professionals new to modelling. Developed from the author's own introductory course, it is classroom-tested and represents an important contribution to the field of system dynamics.<p>Modeling techniques that allow managers and researchers to see in advance the consequences of actions and policies are becoming increasingly important to environmental management. The models produced are vital analytical tools that aid the policy-setting and implementation process, and help us to understand how environmental systems respond to management interventions.<p>Modeling the Environment is a basic introduction to one of the most widely known and used modeling techniques, system dynamics. The book is designed to build the skills of students as they progress from learning fundamental ideas to constructing models of increasing complexity. Written in a clear and comprehensible style, the book:<ul> <li>presents basic concepts of modeling using system dynamics <li>illustrates the mechanics of model construction through a range of working models <li>offers a rich array of exercises for students to use in applying the principles and techniques described in the text <li>walks students through the design and application of models of specific types of environmental systems</ul><p>In addition, the book contains more than 300 figures and model illustrations, and provides a guide to an interactive website where students can use the text to "navigate" management flight simulators – models of both real and hypothetical systems developed by the author. The book also contains appendixes that help students review the necessary math, and which provide additional concepts and exercises for further study.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781559636018
Publisher:
Island Press
Publication date:
03/01/1999
Edition description:
1
Pages:
415
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Pt. IIntroduction
Ch. 1Overview3
Ch. 2Stocks and Flows14
Ch. 3Numerical Simulation25
Ch. 4Water Flows in the Mono Basin33
Ch. 5Equilibrium Diagrams51
Ch. 6S-Shaped Growth58
Ch. 7Causal Loop Diagrams69
Ch. 8Causal Loops and Homeostasis88
Ch. 9Bull's-Eye Diagrams97
Pt. IISimulating Material Flows
Ch. 10Introduction to Material Flow105
Ch. 11The Numerical Step Size116
Ch. 12Simulating the Flow of DDT122
Ch. 13The Salmon Smolts' Spring Migration137
Ch. 14The Tucannon Salmon150
Pt. IIIThe Modeling Process
Ch. 15The Steps of Modeling171
Ch. 16The Kaibab Deer Herd182
Pt. IVSimulating Cyclical Systems
Ch. 17Introduction to Oscillations211
Ch. 18Predator-Prey Oscillations on the Kaibab Plateau225
Ch. 19Volatility in Aluminum Production237
Pt. VManagement Flight Simulators
Ch. 20Air Pollution, Cleaner Vehicles, and Feebates253
Ch. 21Climate Control on Daisyworld268
Pt. VIConclusions
Ch. 22Validation283
Ch. 23Lessons from the Electric Power Industry289
Review
App. AUnits of Measurement305
App. BMath Review311
Software
App. CStella319
App. DDynamo330
App. EVensim336
App. FPowersim343
App. GSpreadsheets348
App. HSpecial Functions352
Special Topics
App. ISpatial Dynamics363
App. JComprehensive Sensitivity Analysis373
App. KThe Idagon381
References386
Index395

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