Models in Environmental Research by Hans von Storch (ed.), Dr. Götz Flöser (ed.)

By Hans von Storch (ed.), Dr. Götz Flöser (ed.)

In such a lot typical sciences, modeling is a common approach to gaining new wisdom approximately typical and technical structures. This e-book analyses the strategies of 'model' and 'modeling' in numerous fields of study. the various equipment of modeling in addition to the potentials and boundaries of this idea are mirrored and mentioned. The publication offers numerous modeling innovations, from mathematical versions in climatology, meteorology or oceanography to equipment utilized in morphology, decision-making in ecology and actual modeling in oceanography. during this wide evaluation relating to modeling, the e-book is unique.

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3 . Purpose of Models 3l Quasi-realistic models are almost always expressed in numerical terms, and rarely as mechanical or other analogs. Essentially, they represent an engineering approach. A quasi-realistic model is composed of many sub-models, describing the various processes involved in the dynamics of the considered system. These submodels, or process-models are ideally quasi-realistic models. In many cases, however, the sub-models are strongly reduced to simple approximations and parameterisations.

42). If this mapping conserves phase space volume, the system is called conservative and it is very similar to the Hamiltonian systems considered in Sect. 4. If the mapping does not conserve phase space volume, it is called dissipative. If all trajectories approach a point, the system is very similar to the irreversible thermodynamic systems considered in Sect. 4. Between these extremes, dynamical systems show a wide range of intermediate behaviour. Dynamical systems can show very irregular behavior.

This hypothesis would be consistent with the specific experiment but is falsified after a closer inspection. 1 . Introduction 19 I . I "~. ~ I .. oE- , ~ Fig. 1. Erosion Stress Laboratory Model. On the left is a sketch of the apparatus, with the sediment in the lower part and 30 cm water on top of it. The propeller generating the turbulence is placed 5 cm above the sediment. In the middle, a photo of the apparatus is displayed, with a very low rotation of the propeller resulting in negligible erosion.

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