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

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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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Editorial Reviews

This textbook for a two-semester undergraduate course introduces the use of system dynamics models to understand and manage environmental systems. Covers simulating material flow, building and testing models, simulating cyclical systems, and management flight simulators. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
University of California Berkley, in Environment magazine - John Harte
"The writing style is engaging and clear. . . the author injects throughout insightful comments and modeling strategy that will be of interest to a wide range of readers."
"The writing style is engaging and clear. . . the author injects throughout insightful comments and modeling strategy that will be of interest to a wide range of readers."
System Dynamics Review
". . . written in a clear and interesting way, mixing theory with environmental applications, and well-illustrated with a range of maps and diagrams to help enhance underanding. . .. This is an excellent book and very comprehensive. . ."
Professor Emeritus, Massachusetts Institute of Technology - Jay W. Forrester
"Modeling the Environment is an impressive book bringing the power of system dynamics to bear on the streses caused by human expansion into a limited world."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781559636018
  • Publisher: Island Press
  • Publication date: 3/1/1999
  • Edition description: 1
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 415
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Table of Contents

Pt. I Introduction
Ch. 1 Overview 3
Ch. 2 Stocks and Flows 14
Ch. 3 Numerical Simulation 25
Ch. 4 Water Flows in the Mono Basin 33
Ch. 5 Equilibrium Diagrams 51
Ch. 6 S-Shaped Growth 58
Ch. 7 Causal Loop Diagrams 69
Ch. 8 Causal Loops and Homeostasis 88
Ch. 9 Bull's-Eye Diagrams 97
Pt. II Simulating Material Flows
Ch. 10 Introduction to Material Flow 105
Ch. 11 The Numerical Step Size 116
Ch. 12 Simulating the Flow of DDT 122
Ch. 13 The Salmon Smolts' Spring Migration 137
Ch. 14 The Tucannon Salmon 150
Pt. III The Modeling Process
Ch. 15 The Steps of Modeling 171
Ch. 16 The Kaibab Deer Herd 182
Pt. IV Simulating Cyclical Systems
Ch. 17 Introduction to Oscillations 211
Ch. 18 Predator-Prey Oscillations on the Kaibab Plateau 225
Ch. 19 Volatility in Aluminum Production 237
Pt. V Management Flight Simulators
Ch. 20 Air Pollution, Cleaner Vehicles, and Feebates 253
Ch. 21 Climate Control on Daisyworld 268
Pt. VI Conclusions
Ch. 22 Validation 283
Ch. 23 Lessons from the Electric Power Industry 289
App. A Units of Measurement 305
App. B Math Review 311
App. C Stella 319
App. D Dynamo 330
App. E Vensim 336
App. F Powersim 343
App. G Spreadsheets 348
App. H Special Functions 352
Special Topics
App. I Spatial Dynamics 363
App. J Comprehensive Sensitivity Analysis 373
App. K The Idagon 381
References 386
Index 395
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