Case Studies | Analytica in Environmental modeling
It is ever more important for us to understand our environment, how human activities may affect it, and how we can reduce the damage. Environmental problems are often complex, having many interacting parts - human activities that release pollutants, transport via air, water or land; chemical transformation; physical and biological effects on ecosystems and human health; and the economy that drives the activities and pays for clean up.
To gain a clear understanding and effective policies for improving the environment, we need careful quantitative analysis. Usually, multidisciplinary teams are involved in building models, and many stakeholders and the general public care about the results. Models need to be transparent to help modelers, decision makers, and stakeholders understand the assumptions and results. A grounding in science is essential. But, uncertainties are inevitable, and should be included in our models.
Because of these needs — to create quantitative models of complex systems, that are transparent, and represent uncertainty — many experienced environmental modelers have chosen to use Analytica. Below are a few of the interesting and important models they have created to help illuminate important issues.
The future of coal in South Africa
What is the future of South African coal in a low carbon World? The Greenhouse consulting firm created a Roadmap for South African Coal, using Analytica to explore...More »
How much water do we have?
In the small Napa Valley municpality of St. Helena, the increasingly limited supply of water has been at the heart of community discussion. When the City began updating its...More »
Reducing flood risk in Ho Chi Minh City
After a devastating flood in Ho Chi Minh City, the World Bank worked with the city to develop a robust strategy for flood control to manage and mitigate future risks.More »
Cleaning up the Neuse Estuary
Researchers at Duke University created a model to help policy makers set the Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) of nitrogen. The model predicts effects of TMDL not just on scientific...More »
Do Inuit hunters threaten whale populations?
Does whale hunting by the Inuit pose a risk to beluga whale populations in the Arctic?More »
Are farmed salmon safe to eat?
Are farmed salmon safe to eat? Finnish Public Health analysts show that eating farmed salmon is much healthier than beef.More »
Are cows worse than cars for greenhouse gas?
It turns out that methane from cows, pigs, and sheep generates more greenhouse warming than cars, trucks, trains, and planes combined. Canada uses Analytica to estimate the...More »
From controversy to consensus: Decommissioning California’s...
Should the 27 defunct oil platforms off the coast of California be dismantled? Or convert to artificial reefs for marine ecosystems?More »
Stanford University's Center for Integrated Facility Engineering (CIFE) is a leading research center for virtual design for architecture, engineering, and construction. Caroline...More »
Green purchasing offers a way for organizations to reduce their environmental footprint — by considering the environmental impact of products and services in their buying...More »
Integrated Climate Assessment Model
ICAM is possibly the most sophisticated environmental model created with Analytica. Experiments with ICAM have generated a wide range of valuable insights and numerous publications.More »
Rehab for a River Ecosystem
Most rivers have been tamed by artificial channels, dikes, and levees to reducing flooding -- often damaging riparian habitat. Swiss researchers created IRRM to find the best way to...More »