Environmental Modelling, Software and Decision Support: State of the Art and New Perspective

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Anthony J. Jakeman, Alexey A. Voinov, Andrea E. Rizzoli, Serena H. Chen
Elsevier, Sep 11, 2008 - Science - 384 pages
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The complex and multidisciplinary nature of environmental problems requires that they are dealt with in an integrated manner. Modeling and software have become key instruments used to promote sustainability and improve environmental decision processes, especially through systematic integration of various knowledge and data and their ability to foster learning and help make predictions. This book presents the current state-of-the-art in environmental modeling and software and identifies the future challenges in the field.

  • State-of-the-art in environmental modeling and software theory and practice for integrated assessment and management serves as a starting point for researchers
  • Identifies the areas of research and practice required for advancing the requisite knowledge base and tools, and their wider usage
  • Best practices of environmental modeling enables the reader to select appropriate software and gives the reader tools to integrate natural system dynamics with human dimensions
 

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Contents

Developing Tools to Support Environmental Management and Policy
33
Rethinking the Modelling Activity
49
Issues Challenges and Future Directions
69
Chapter 6 Environmental Policy Aid Under Uncertainty
87
Chapter 7 Integrated Modelling Frameworks for Environmental Assessment and Decision Support
101
Chapter 8 Intelligent Environmental Decision Support Systems
119
Chapter 9 Formal Scenario Development for Environmental Impact Assessment Studies
145
Chapter 10 Free and Open Source Geospatial Tools for Environmental Modelling and Management
163
A Comparison Evaluation and Identification of Future Needs
229
Chapter 14 Computational Air Quality Modelling
247
Chapter 15 Identification Resolution and Apportionment of Contamination Sources
269
Chapter 16 Regional Models of Intermediate Complexity REMICs A New Direction in Integrated Landscape Modelling
285
Approaches and Applications
297
Chapter 18 Uncertainty and Sensitivity Issues in Processbased Models of Carbon and Nitrogen Cycles in Terrestrial Ecosystems
307
Chapter 19 ModelData Fusion in Studies of the Terrestrial Carbon Sink
329
Chapter 20 Building a Community Modelling and Information Sharing Culture
345

Chapter 11 Modelling and Monitoring Environmental Outcomes in Adaptive Management
181
Chapter 12 Data Mining for Environmental Systems
205

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