Volume 3. Environmental Modelling, Software and Decision Support

1st Edition

State of the art and new perspective


  • Anthony J. Jakeman
  • Alexey A. Voinov
  • Andrea E. Rizzoli
  • Serena H. Chen
  • Description

    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.

    Key Features

    * 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


    Researchers and postgraduates in environmental modelling, natural resource management, environmental assessment and planning, environmental decision making, atmospheric and air pollution modelling, informatics, decision support systems, global change and earth system modelling, carbon and nitrogen cycling

    Table of Contents

    Preface 1. Modelling and Software as Instruments for Advancing Sustainability. Summary 1.1 Introduction 1.2 Aims of the Summit 1.3 The role of modelling and software 1.4 Common problems in modelling 1.5 Current state of the art and future challenges in modelling 1.5.1 Generic issues 1.5.2 Sectoral issues 1.6 Conclusions References 2. Good Modelling Practice. Summary 2.1 Introduction 2.2 Key components of good modelling practice 2.2.1 Model purpose 2.2.2 Model evaluation 2.2.3 Performance measures 2.2.4 Stating and testing model assumptions 2.2.5 Ongoing model testing and evaluation 2.3 Model transparency and dissemination 2.3.1 Terminology 2.3.2 Reporting 2.3.3 Model dissemination 2.4 A definition of good modelling practice 2.5 Progress towards good modelling practice 2.6 Recommendations References. 3. Bridging the Gaps between Design and Use: Developing Tools to Support Environmental Management and Policy. Summary 3.1 A gap between design and use? 3.2 Decision and information support tool review 3.3 Supporting organisational decision making 3.4 Supporting participatory and collaborative decision making 3.5 The nature and extent of the gap 3.6 Good practice guidelines for involving users in development 3.6.1 Know the capabilities and limitations of DIST technologies 3.6.2 Focus on process not product 3.6.3 Understand roles, responsibilities and requirements 3.6.4 Work collaboratively 3.6.5 Build and maintain trust and credibility 3.7 Conclusions Referenc


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    About the editors

    Alexey A. Voinov

    Affiliations and Expertise

    Johns Hopkins University and Fellow at Gund Institute for Ecological Economics, USA 3