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Environmental Science & Engineering

Simulation of Ecological and Environmental Models Miguel F. Acevedo

University of North Texas, Denton, USA

“ … particularly excels in its hands-on approach … .”

—Mark A. Harwell, Harwell Gentile & Associates, LC, Port Orange, Florida

Simulation of Ecological and Environmental Models introduces the theory and practice of modeling and simulation as applied in a variety of disciplines that relate to Earth systems, the environment, ecology, and human–nature interactions. Based on the author’s many years of teaching graduate and undergraduate students, it shows how to implement simulations and analyze the results using an opensource software platform. The textbook is organized into three parts to allow greater flexibility using the material. The first part provides a tutorial-style mathematical review and an introduction to the basics of R software. The second part explains the fundamentals of modeling methodology through one-dimensional models. After a review of matrix algebra, the third part progresses to multidimensional models, focusing on structured populations, communities, and ecosystems. The final chapters show how simple models are hooked together to generate more comprehensive models. Solutions manual and PowerPoint® slides available upon qualifying course adoption

Introduction to Systems Ecology Sven Erik Jørgensen

Copenhagen University, Denmark

Possibly the first textbook to present a practically applicable ecosystems theory, Introduction to Systems Ecology helps students understand how ecosystems work and how they react to disturbances. With examples and illustrations, it demonstrates how to apply the theory to explain observations and to make quantitative calculations and predictions. The first part of the book covers the laws of thermodynamics and the basic biochemistry of living organisms, as well as the constraints they impose on ecosystems. The second section discusses the seven basic properties that enable ecosystems to grow, develop, and survive: • • • •

They are open systems They are organized hierarchically They have a high diversity They have high buffer capacities toward changes • Their components are organized in cooperative networks • They contain an enormous amount of information embodied in genomes • They have emerging system properties Solutions manual and PowerPoint® slides available upon qualifying course adoption


Introduction, Mathematical Review, and Software Fundamentals. Introduction. Review of Basic Mathematical Concepts and Introduction to R. OneDimensional Models and Fundamentals of Modeling Methodology. Exponential Model. Model Simulation. Model Evaluation. Nonlinear Models. Stability and Disturbances. Sensitivity Analysis, Response Surfaces, and Scenarios. Multidimensional Models: Structured Populations, Communities, and Ecosystems. Linear Dynamical Systems. Structured Population Models. Ecotoxicological Modeling. Community Dynamics. Ecosystems: Nutrients and Energy. Aquatic Ecosystems. Terrestrial Ecosystems: Soils, Plants, and Water. Terrestrial Ecosystems: Vegetation Dynamics. Bibliography. Index.

System Ecology: An Ecological Discipline. Part 1: Conservation of Energy and Matter. Ecosystems: Growth and Development. Irreversibility and Order: The Second and Third Laws of Thermodynamics. The Biochemistry of Ecosystems. The Thermodynamic Interpretation of Ecosystem Growth and Development. The Ecological Law of Thermodynamics. Part 2: Ecosystems Are Open Systems. Ecosystems Have a Hierarchical Organization. Ecosystems Have a High Diversity. Ecosystems Have a High Buffer Capacity. The Components of Ecosystems Form Ecological Networks. Ecosystems Have a Very High Content of Information. Ecosystems Have Emerging Holistic System Properties. Application of System Ecology in Ecological Subdisciplines and Environmental Management. References. Appendix. Index.

Catalog no. K13987, August 2012, 486 pp. ISBN: 978-1-4398-8506-2, $99.95 / £63.99 Also available as an eBook

Catalog no. K12561, April 2012, 360 pp. ISBN: 978-1-4398-5501-0, $99.95 / £63.99 Also available as an eBook


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