Modeling the Environment
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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.
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.
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:
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.
"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.
". . . 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. . .
System Dynamics Review
"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.
Jay W. Forrester, Professor Emeritus, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
2. Stocks & Flows
3. Numerical Simulation
4. Water Flows in the Mono Basin
5. Equilibrium Diagrams
6. S Shaped Growth
7. Causal Loop Diagrams
8. Causal Loops & Homeostasis
9. Bulls Eye Diagrams
II. Simulating Material Flow
10. Introduction to Material Flow
11. The Numerical Step Size
12. The Flow of DDT
13. Salmon Smolts' Migration
14. The Tucannon Salmon
III. The Modeling Process
15. The Steps of Modeling
16. The Kaibab Deer Herd
IV. Simulating Cyclical Systems
17. Introduction to Oscillations
18. Predator Prey Oscillations
19. Volatility in Aluminum Production
V. Flight Simulators
20. Managing a Feebate Program
21. Climate Control on Daisyworld
23. Lessons from the Electric Power Industry
A. Units of Measurement
B. Math Review
H. Special Functions
I. Spatial Dynamics
J. Sensitivity Analysis
K. The Idagon River Simulator