Introduction to Systems Analysis

Mathematically Modeling Natural Systems

Authors: Imboden, Dieter M., Pfenninger, Stefan

  • Gives a well-founded and comprehensive yet light introduction to modelling environmental systems
  • Teaches how to build a model and describe that model mathematically in a way that lets the reader apply the principles to problems in various fields
  • Detailed examples, exercises, and humorous cartoons make learning entertaining Suitable for self-study as well as for use in class
see more benefits

Buy this book

eBook $59.99
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-642-30639-6
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $79.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-642-30638-9
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $79.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-642-43050-3
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
About this Textbook

Systems and their mathematical description play an important role in all branches of science. This book offers an introduction to mathematical modeling techniques. It is intended for undergrad students in applied natural science, in particular earth and environmental science, environmental engineering, as well as ecology, environmental chemistry, chemical engineering, agronomy, and forestry.

 The focus is on developing the basic methods of modeling. Students will learn how to build mathematical models of their own, but also how to analyze the properties of existing models. The book neither derives mathematical formulae, nor does it describe modeling software, instead focusing on the fundamental concepts behind mathematical models. A formulary in the appendix summarizes the necessary mathematical knowledge. To support independent learners, numerous examples and problems from various scientific disciplines are provided throughout the book. Thanks in no small part to the cartoons by Nikolas Stürchler, this introduction to the colorful world of modeling is both entertaining and rich in content

About the authors

Dieter Imboden is Professor of Environmental Physics. His research concerns the study of physical processes in aquatic systems as well as problems of energy and climate politics. He is President of the Research Council of the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF)

Stefan Pfenninger joined IIASA’s Risk, Policy and Vulnerability Program (RPV) in January 2010. He is contributing to RPV's research on resilience, adaptation and renewable energy. Stefan holds a BSc in Environmental Science from ETH Zurich and an MSc in Environmental Technology from Imperial College London.

Reviews

From the book reviews:

“This book is a translation of the German text … by D. M. Imboden and S. Koch. It was developed on the basis of lecture notes for the course in Systems Analysis taught at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zürich for over twelve years and has been tested in the classroom many times. … Warmly recommended as a concise but comprehensive introduction to mathematical modeling.” (Svitlana P. Rogovchenko, zbMATH, Vol. 1302, 2015)

“Imboden and Pfenninger have written a marvelous book that explores detailed systems analysis for a large variety of systems. The book gives a gentle introduction to one-parameter systems with a simple lake model. … this book is an excellent overview of systems analysis with varied examples and detailed explanations. It is worth having in your library.” (David S. Mazel, MAA Reviews, February, 2014)


Table of contents (8 chapters)

  • Chapter 1 Introduction

    Imboden, Dieter M. (et al.)

    Pages 1-13

  • Chapter 2 Mathematical Models: A First Look

    Imboden, Dieter M. (et al.)

    Pages 15-32

  • Chapter 3 Static Models

    Imboden, Dieter M. (et al.)

    Pages 33-41

  • Chapter 4 Linear Models with One Variable

    Imboden, Dieter M. (et al.)

    Pages 43-79

  • Chapter 5 Linear Models with Several Variables

    Imboden, Dieter M. (et al.)

    Pages 81-124

Buy this book

eBook $59.99
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-642-30639-6
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $79.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-642-30638-9
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $79.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-642-43050-3
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Loading...

Recommended for you

Loading...

Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Introduction to Systems Analysis
Book Subtitle
Mathematically Modeling Natural Systems
Authors
Copyright
2013
Publisher
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Copyright Holder
Springer Berlin Heidelberg
Distribution Rights
Distribution rights for India: Researchco Book Centre, New Delhi, India
eBook ISBN
978-3-642-30639-6
DOI
10.1007/978-3-642-30639-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-642-30638-9
Softcover ISBN
978-3-642-43050-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VIII, 252
Topics