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Environmental Modelling


  • Modeling the Environment (2nd edition), Andrew Ford. Island Press, 2010.
  • Thinking in Systems, Donella Meadows, Chelsea Green Publishing, 2008.
  • Dynamic Modeling of Environmental Systems, Michael L. Deaton & James J. Winebrake. Springer, 2000.
  • Simulation for the Social Scientist, Nigel Gilbert & Klaus Troitzsch, Open University Press, 2005.
  • Complex Adaptive Systems: An Introduction to Computational Models of Social Life, John H. Miller & Scott Page, Princeton University Press, 2007.


Date Title Models Types Exercise
10/04 Introduction and Lua for TerraME Lua scripts nil, number, boolean, string, table, function Lua for TerraME: A Short Introduction
17/04 Systems Theory Water in the tub Cell, Event, Timer, Observer Exercise 1
24/04 Feedbacks Feedbacks
01/05 (Labour day)
08/05 Epidemics Epidemics Exercise 2
15/05 Cellular Automaton Game of Life CellularSpace, Neighborhood, Legend An implementation of Exercise 1
22/05 (Pentecost Week)
29/05 Fire in the Forest Fire in the forest (updated) An implementation of Exercise 2
05/06 (Vespucci) Exercise 3
12/06 Runoff Runoff and Database
19/06 Deforestation Part 1 TerraView, Database
26/06 Deforestation Part 2

Suggestions for Final Projects


  • A. Ford, Modeling the Environment
    • Kaibab Deer Herd
    • Tuccanon Salmons Migration
    • Monolake
  • M. Batty, Cities and Complexity
  • D. Meadows, Thinking in Systems
    • Renewable and non-renewable resources.


Final Projects

Ayuk Sally G.Ch Sirakoulis, I. Karafyllidis, A. Thanailakis (2000) A cellular automaton model for the effects of population movement and vaccination on epidemic propagation. Ecological Modelling 133(3): 209–223
Atalel SahaluC. Beauchemina, J. Samuelb, J. Tuszynskia (2005) A simple cellular automaton model for influenza A viral infections. Journal of Theoretical Biology 232(2) 223–234
Christian AutermannJ. Silvertown, S. Holtier, J. Johnson and P. Dale (1992) Cellular Automaton Models of Interspecific Competition for Space-The Effect of Pattern on Process. Journal of Ecology, 80(3):527-533
Elisabet RomeroMedeiros, L. C., Castilho, C. A. R., Braga, C., de Souza, W. V., Regis, L., Monteiro, A. M. V. (2011). Modeling the dynamic transmission of dengue fever: investigating disease persistence. PLOS neglected tropical diseases, 5(1), e942.
Kassiani Tsouvala Chase, C. (1992) Fluvial landsculpting and the fractal dimension of topography. Geomorphology, 5(1-2):39-57.
Marcela Suarez M.V. Avolio, S. Gregorio, F. Mantovani, A. Pasuto, R. Rongo, S. Silvano, W. Spataro (2000) Simulation of the 1992 Tessina landslide by a cellular automata model and future hazard scenarios. International Journal of Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformation 2(1):41–50
Maria del Pilar H. Nakanishi (1990) Cellular-automaton model of earthquakes with deterministic dynamics. Phys. Rev. A 41:7086–7089
Mijail Zolotov R. Toivonen, J. Onnela, J. Saramaki, J. Hyvonen, K. Kaski (2006) A model for social networks. Physica A: Statistical Mechanics and its Applications 371(2):851–860
Nemanja Kostic Barros, J. Urban Growth in Latin American Cities. Doctorade thesis.
Oleksii Soloviov Cycles in Predator and Prey Populations, Chapter 20 of A. Ford, Modeling the Environment

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