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Author Ford, Andrew (Frederick Andrew)

Title Modeling the environment : an introduction to system dynamics models of environmental systems / Andrew Ford.

Published Washington, D.C. : Island Press, c1999.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM ERC  363.70011 FORD    AVAILABLE
Physical description xiv, 401 p. : ill. ; 26 cm.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (p. 386-394) and index.
Contents Pt. I. Introduction. Ch. 1. Overview. Ch. 2. Stocks and Flows. Ch. 3. Numerical Simulation. Ch. 4. Water Flows in the Mono Basin. Ch. 5. Equilibrium Diagrams. Ch. 6. S-Shaped Growth. Ch. 7. Causal Loop Diagrams. Ch. 8. Causal Loops and Homeostasis. Ch. 9. Bull's-Eye Diagrams -- Pt. II. Simulating Material Flows. Ch. 10. Introduction to Material Flow. Ch. 11. The Numerical Step Size. Ch. 12. Simulating the Flow of DDT. Ch. 13. The Salmon Smolts' Spring Migration. Ch. 14. The Tucannon Salmon -- Pt. III. The Modeling Process. Ch. 15. The Steps of Modeling. Ch. 16. The Kaibab Deer Herd -- Pt. IV. Simulating Cyclical Systems. Ch. 17. Introduction to Oscillations. Ch. 18. Predator-Prey Oscillations on the Kaibab Plateau. Ch. 19. Volatility in Aluminum Production -- Pt. V. Management Flight Simulators. Ch. 20. Air Pollution, Cleaner Vehicles, and Feebates. Ch. 21. Climate Control on Daisyworld -- Pt. VI. Conclusions. Ch. 22. Validation.
Ch. 23. Lessons from the Electric Power Industry -- App. A. Units of Measurement -- App. B. Math Review -- App. C. Stella -- App. D. Dynamo -- App. E. Vensim -- App. F. Powersim -- App. G. Spreadsheets -- App. H. Special Functions -- App. I. Spatial Dynamics -- App. J. Comprehensive Sensitivity Analysis -- App. K. The Idagon.
Summary Modeling techniques that allow managers and researchers to see in advance the consequences of actions and policies are becoming increasingly important to environmental management. Modeling the Environment is a basic introduction to one of the most widely known and used modeling techniques, system dynamics. Modeling the Environment requires little or no mathematical background and is appropriate for undergraduate environmental students as well as professionals new to modeling.
Subject Environmental sciences -- Simulation methods.
ISBN 1559636009 (acid-free paper : cloth)
1559636017 (acid-free paper : pbk.)