Systems Modeling for Environmental Dynamics
Instructors: Ali Kerem Saysel
The purpose is to introduce the principles and methods of dynamic modeling and environmental systems with a particular focus on learning and management of dynamically complex environmental and resource management problems. This course is legible for all students with natural sciences, engineering and social sciences backgrounds interested in managing environmental systems, systems inquiry and computer simulations.
The prerequisites are undergraduate calculus and now standard computer literacy. These lectures can serve as a background for further studies in two different lines: first, for a second course (Esc 578 and alike) on systems inquiry of large scale complex socio-environmental problems (such as urban sprawl, water resources management, global climate change, agricultural sustainability, epidemics, energy planning, waste management, food security, and etc.); second, for a second course (IE 602, IE 533 and alike) on advanced modeling and analysis methods (equilibrium and stability of systems, sensitivity analysis, optimization and alike).