Environmental Modeling - Not offered in AY 2022-23

Undergraduate Program Status

Environmental Sciences - Specialization
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Course Description: 

The aim of this unit is to introduce to students the idea, methodology and basic tools of environmental modeling. Models are important tools in environmental studies and management nowadays. In order to better understand environmental systems, to predict their behavior and to develop effective management strategies it is necessary to bring together ecological, socio-economic and technological aspects of environmental problems. Some most often used tools to secure such an interdisciplinary analysis of numerous factors are system dynamics and process-based modelling techniques. The models can also be used to stimulate consensus-building among various experts and to facilitate more explicit and comprehendible communication of findings to decision-makers. Though different alternative approaches to environmental modelling are to be discussed the course mainly focuses on practical skills in process-based simulation.

Learning Outcomes: 

By the end of the course students should

  • understand the role of modeling in environmental sciences and management, it’s advantages and limitations;
  • be familiar with main principles and approaches to modeling of environmental systems;
  • be able to develop a process-based environmental model using STELLA package;
  • formulate and analyze management strategies and scenarios.

Grading policy: 20% homework, 70% term project; 10 % critical assessment
The term project is 1) to develop a model of some environmental problem/system using STELLA software; 2) to develop and test alternative management/development scenarios; 3) interpret the obtained results; 4) modeling projects peer-review.