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. The importance of interpreting results with due reference to underlying assumptions and sources of uncertainty is emphasized. 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.
Observational data and modelling scenarios are used to give opportunities to practice the critical analysis of e.g. data representativity, modelling assumptions and validation against independent information.
Teaching consists of lectures, seminars, computational exercises, group exercises and project work.