Class Modeling and Analysis of Environmental Systems

  • Presentation


    Teach the student the concept of a working model of an environmental system obtained by application of the principles of conservation of mass, momentum and energy. Introduce the cycle concept elements on a global scale and on a local scale. Introduction of numerical concepts necessary for solving number of the equations describing the system. Example of application of models (hydrological; oceanic; climatic).
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  • Syllabus


    Theoretical component:

    Introduction to modeling. Environmental modeling: concepts and objectives. Mathematical models in environmental quality management. Fundamental principles in model building Classification of models Review of different types of models: deterministic, numerical, stochastic and physical. Verification and limitation of models

    Practical contents:

    Use of model development tools. Use of decision support tool, using modeling, applicable to different environmental systems. Geoprocessing for the study of environmental systems. Study and analysis of data and model output in the context of processes occurring in the soil and aquatic systems.

  • Objectives


    Understand the role of modeling in science, engineering and environmental management, its advantages and limit.
    Introduction to modeling methods in the study of environmental processes.
    Direct application of environmental decision support models used in different aspects

  • Teaching methodologies and assessment

    Teaching methodologies and assessment

    This UC is based on theoretical and practical classes where knowledge is worked on simultaneously with the resolution of exercises and in practical classes (computer rooms). In classes, a expository-interactive methodology, where students work with presented models, testing and assessing their capabilities.
    Assessment: theoretical component through an assessment test (40%) and evaluation
    continuous resulting from the commitment of the students in carrying out a specific work of application practice of the software worked as a response to a concrete case study (60% each work), which should present and discuss. If the student is not approved by the continuous assessment, or chooses to single assessment, may take a written exam (100%)

  • References


    • Chapra, S.C. (1997) Surface Water-Quality Modeling, WCB McGraw-Hill
    • Barnsley, M.J. (2007) Environmental Modeling: A Practical Introduction, CRC Press
    • Deaton, M., (2000) Dynamic Modeling of Environmental Systems, Springer
    • Ford, A. (2009) Modeling the Environment. Island Press
    • Hadlock, C.R. (1998) Mathematical Modelling in the Environment. The Mathematical Association of America
    • Harte, J. (1988) Consider a Spherical Cow: A Course in Environmental Problem Solving, University Science Books
    • Smith, J. & P. Smith (2009) Environmental Modelling: An Introduction, Oxford University Press


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