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Modeling the Environment was the first textbook in an emerging fieldandmdash;the modeling techniques that allow managers and researchers to see in advance the consequences of actions and policies in environmental management. This new edition brings the book thoroughly up to date and reaffirms its status as the leading introductory text on the subject.

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System dynamics is one of the most widely known and widely used methods of modeling. The fundamental principles of this approach are demonstrated here with a wide range of examples, including geo-hydrology, population biology, epidemiology and economics. The applications demonstrate the transferability of the systems approach across disciplines, across spatial scales, and across time scales. All of the models are implemented with stock and flow software programs such as Stella and Vensim. These programs are easy and fun to learn, and they allow students to develop realistic models within the first few weeks of a college course.

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System dynamics has emerged as the most common approach in collaborative projects to address environmental problems. The stock and flow structures and the emphasis on feedback control provide a common language that is understood by scientists from many disciplines. Although the interdisciplinary approach described here is widely used in practice, there are few books to aid instruction. Modeling the Environment meets the urgent need for instructional materials in interdisciplinary modeling of environmental systems.

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Modeling the Environment was the first textbook in an emerging field—the modeling techniques that allow managers and researchers to see in advance the consequences of actions and policies in environmental management. This new edition brings the book thoroughly up to date and reaffirms its status as the leading introductory text on the subject.
 
System dynamics is one of the most widely used methods of modeling. The fundamental principles of this approach are demonstrated here with a wide range of examples, including geohydrology, population biology, epidemiology, and economics. The applications demonstrate the transferability of the systems approach across disciplines, across spatial scales, and across time scales. All of the models are implemented with stock and flow software programs such as Stella and Vensim, which are easy for students to learn and use.
 
Visit http://www.wsu.edu/~forda/AA2nd.html for valuable classroom materials.

About the Author

Andrew Ford is professor of environmental science at Washington State University, where he teaches system dynamics modeling. He has developed a wide range of models dealing with energy and environmental policy. His simulation of uncertainty in dynamic models was honored with the Jay Wright Forrester Award as an outstanding contribution to the field of system dynamics.

Table of Contents

Preface

Acknowledgments

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PART I. Introductory Modeling

Chapter 1. Introduction

Chapter 2. Software: Getting Started with Stella and Vensim

Chapter 3. Stocks and Flows: The Building Blocks of System Dynamics Models

Chapter 4. Accumulating the Flows

Chapter 5. Water Flows in the Mono Basin

Chapter 6. Equilibrium Diagrams

Chapter 7. S-Shaped Growth

Chapter 8. Epidemic Dynamics

Chapter 9. Information Feedback and Causal Loop Diagrams

Chapter 10. Homeostasis

Chapter 11. Temperature Control on Daisyworld

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PART II. Intermediate Modeling

Chapter 13. The Modeling Process

Chapter 14. Software: Further Progress with Stella and Vensim

Chapter 15. The Salmon of the Pacific Northwest

Chapter 16. Managing a Feebate Program for Cleaner Vehicles

Chapter 17. Modeling Pitfalls

Chapter 18. Introduction to Cyclical Behavior

Chapter 19. Cycles in Real Estate Construction

Chapter 20. Cycles in Predator and Prey Population

Chapter 21. The Overshoot of the Kaibab Deer Population

Chapter 22. DDT in the Ocean

Chapter 23. CO2 in the Atmosphere

Chapter 24. Concluding and#160;Perspective

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Appendices Review and Advanced Methods

Appendix A Review of Units

Appendix B Review of Exponential Growth

Appendix C Software Choices and Individual-Based Models

Appendix D Sensitivity Analysis and Uncertainty

Appendix E. Incorporating Other Methods in a System Dynamics Model

Appendix F. Short-Run and Long-Run Dynamics in a Single Model

Appendix G. Spatial Dynamics and Spatial Displays

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References

Index

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Product Details

ISBN:
9781597264730
Author:
Ford, Andrew
Publisher:
Island Press
Subject:
Public Policy - General
Subject:
Environmental Conservation & Protection - General
Subject:
Environmental sciences -- Simulation methods.
Subject:
Environmental Science
Subject:
Public Policy
Subject:
Environmental Conservation & Protection
Subject:
Environmental Studies-General
Edition Description:
2
Publication Date:
20091131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
figures, excerises, further readings, ap
Pages:
400
Dimensions:
10 x 7 in

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Modeling the Environment was the first textbook in an emerging field—the modeling techniques that allow managers and researchers to see in advance the consequences of actions and policies in environmental management. This new edition brings the book thoroughly up to date and reaffirms its status as the leading introductory text on the subject.
 
System dynamics is one of the most widely used methods of modeling. The fundamental principles of this approach are demonstrated here with a wide range of examples, including geohydrology, population biology, epidemiology, and economics. The applications demonstrate the transferability of the systems approach across disciplines, across spatial scales, and across time scales. All of the models are implemented with stock and flow software programs such as Stella and Vensim, which are easy for students to learn and use.
 
Visit http://www.wsu.edu/~forda/AA2nd.html for valuable classroom materials.
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