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Ecosystem Modelling


Course contents

Simulation models are important tools in the environmental area, where they are used to provide input to environmental policy decisions and planning. In the research context, models are used to describe and improve our understanding of complex systems. This course deals with some of the various types of process-oriented models applied in ecosystem and environmental research, and within relevant sectors and industries. You will learn about principles, methods and tools for the implementation, parameterisation, evaluation and application of models in these areas.

Observational data and modelling scenarios are used to practice the critical analysis of for example data representativity, modelling assumptions and validation against independent information.

Teaching methods

Teaching consists of lectures, seminars, computational exercises, group exercises and project work. Some elements of the course include practise in using computer-based analysis and presentation tools, finding information, as well as oral and written presentation techniques.


Smith, J. & Smith, P. 2007. Introduction to Environmental Modelling, Oxford University Press, ISBN 978-0-19-927206-8

Non-compulsory reference literature:
Jönsson, P. 2004. MATLAB - beräkningar inom teknik och naturvetenskap. Studentlitteratur, ISBN 91-44-02478-9

Course coordinator

Course facts: NGEN02

Level: Advanced
Credits: 15 ECTS
Period: Spring, period 1
Language of instruction: English
Prerequisites: General admission requirements and 90 ECTS science subjects.

Course syllabus (pdf, 222 kb, new window)