Further Reading

Further reading links to supplement yout studies and broaden your frame of scope to earn those top marks.

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  • Beven (1989) is a very useful introduction to critical thinking in relation to numerical models. Beven introduces a set of ideas that challenged an emerging paradigm regarding the power of numerical models and provides a critical framework for evaluating the role of modelling in this case for the hydrological sciences, but with implications for the modelling of environmental systems more generally.
    Beven, K.J. (1989) ‘Changing ideas in hydrology: the case of physically-based models’, Journal of Hydrology, 105: 157–72.
  • Rather like the Beven paper, Anderson and Bates (2001) is useful because it brings together a very wide range of theoretical and methodological perspectives in relation to numerical modelling, albeit around the hydrological sciences.
    Anderson, M.G. and Bates, P.D. (2001) (eds) Model Validation: Perspectives in Hydrological Science. Chichester: John Wiley & Sons.
  • Kirkby et al. (1992) is a good general introduction to numerical modelling in physical geography. It is especially strong on the way modelling is done and has some easy but useful examples of models that can be coded to illustrate principles of model building.
    Kirkby, M.J., Naden, P.S., Burt, T.P. and Butcher, D.P. (1992) Computer Simulation in Physical Geography. Chichester: John Wiley & Sons.
  • Beven (2000) is definitely the best book around on modelling in hydrology in general, with excellent coverage of material specific to hydrology but illustrating environmental modelling in general. Likewise, Huggett (1993) is very effective on conceptual modelling across the environmental spectrum and how to apply conceptual models using a range of modelling techniques.
    Beven, K.J. (2000) Rainfall-runoff Modelling: The Primer. Chichester: John Wiley & Sons.
  • Jakeman et al. (1993) is useful for understanding modelling over a range of spatial scales and especially at the global scale.
    Jakeman, A.J., Beck, M.B. and McAleer, M.J. (1993) Modelling Change in Environmental Systems. Chichester: John Wiley & Sons.

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