ES_APPM 495: Special Topics: Mathematical Modeling in the Geosciences

Quarter Offered

Spring : TTh 3:30-5:00, March 30-April 23 ; Abrams


This course provides a brief overview of techniques for modeling geoscientific systems with analytically tractable equations. It should be of interest to undergrads and graduate students from a variety of majors.

Besides introducing modeling techniques, the course also includes a review of selected models from fields including geomorphology, soil science, forestry, biodiversity, geophysics, seismology, climatology, geochemistry, and solar system dynamics. It also covers model analysis using tools from nonlinear dynamics, chaos theory, and perturbation theory.

Prerequisite: differential equations at the level of EA4