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Environmental Fate and Transport Analysis with Compartment Modeling (Paperback)
  • Environmental Fate and Transport Analysis with Compartment Modeling (Paperback)

Environmental Fate and Transport Analysis with Compartment Modeling (Paperback)

Paperback 244 Pages / Published: 29/03/2017
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Environmental Fate and Transport Analysis with Compartment Modeling explains how to use the powerful, highly flexible, and intuitive compartment approach to estimate the distribution of chemical contaminants in environmental media in time and space.

Add this Easy-to-Use Approach to Your Environmental Modeling Toolbox

This numerical technique enables readers to easily develop the equations that describe complex environmental problems by assembling the equations out of compartmental building blocks. The compartments may describe spatial subunits of single- or multi-environmental media, and the way one hooks them together implicitly provides the dimensionality of the problem. With this approach, assembling the equations to describe chemical fate and transport in a three-dimensional, multimedia system is fundamentally no more challenging than a one-dimensional, single-medium problem.

Go Beyond "Black Box" Modeling with the Flexible GEM Software

The book includes access to the Generic Environmental Model (GEM), a new software package developed by the author. This software implements the compartment approach based on user-prepared input files and solves the resulting mathematical equations. It allows readers to solve linear, nonlinear, and steady-state problems and offers four methods for solving dynamic problems. Each solution technique is reviewed, along with the error properties and the criteria for avoiding or minimizing numerical errors. The book also describes solution techniques and the underlying mathematical theory for solving nonlinear systems.

Compartment Modeling from the Ground Up, Made Accessible to Non-Mathematicians

A user-friendly introduction to environmental compartment modeling for the beginning modeler, this is also a useful resource for the experienced modeler. It combines a reference on compartment modeling with a user's guide to the GEM. Throughout, the GEM is used to illustrate the theory with numerous examples, while the theoretical discussions illuminate the GEM's functionality.

Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
ISBN: 9781138074132
Number of pages: 244
Weight: 454 g
Dimensions: 235 x 156 mm


Keith Little's book provides an excellent introduction to compartmental modeling that is well written and accessible to a wide range of environmental professionals. The text includes sufficient rigor to ensure effective and accurate model application, while keeping the material focused on real-world, practical applications. The accompanying GEM software is the only readily available compartmental model with complete flexibility and extendibility in the model setup. This powerful tool can be used literally to simulate an infinite range of potential modeling scenarios without changes to the underlying source code. Dr. Little's book and GEM software are welcome contributions to the environmental modeling field.
-Michael Lowry, RTI International, North Carolina, USA

This is an excellent integration of numerical methods with environmental modeling. The compartment technique discussed is broadly applicable to a wide range of environmental problems and media. Well written. The mathematics and derivations are nicely detailed and straightforward to follow. Clearly the best discussion of stability and numerical dispersion available for environmental modelers. Dr. Little's book covers critical topics that too often receive only a passing mention in more traditional environmental modeling texts.
-Daniel Gallagher, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, USA

This book is clearly written. It strives to give the uninformed reader an introduction to the topic of environmental modeling and it succeeds. Not only does it motivate and explain the basic concepts of compartmental modeling but it also discusses some of the natural extensions such as incorporating sink and source terms. Also, it gives insight into some of the issues that may arise when using various numerical methods. ... With this book as a resource, the modeler should be well informed on how to approach a problem and issues they should be aware of when analyzing or solving the model.
-Ellen Peterson, Carnegie Mellon University, Pennsylvania, USA

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