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Increasingly used to represent climatic, biogeochemical, and ecological
systems, computer modeling has become an important tool that should be in every
environmental professional’s toolbox. Environmental Modeling: A Practical
Introduction is just what it purports to be, a practical introduction to the
various methods, techniques, and skills required for computerized environmental
modeling. Exploring the broad arena of environmental modeling, the book
demonstrates how to represent an environmental problem in conceptual terms,
formalize the conceptual model using mathematical expressions, convert the
mathematical model into a program that can be run on a desktop or laptop
computer, and examine the results produced by the computational model.
Equally important, the book imparts skills that allow you to develop,
implement, and experiment with a range of computerized environmental models.
The emphasis is on active engagement in the modeling process rather than on
passive learning about a suite of well-established models. The author takes a
practical approach throughout, one that does not get bogged down in the details
of the underlying mathematics and that encourages learning through “hands on”
experimentation. He provides a set of software tools and data sets that you can
use to work through the various examples and exercises presented in each
chapter, as well as presentational material and handouts for course tutors.
Comprehensive and up-to-date, the book discusses how computational models can
be used to represent environmental systems and illustrates how such models
improve understanding of the ways in which environmental systems function.