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Improving lives by solving problems in agriculture and the environment

Modelling Soil-Biosphere Interactions

Modelling Soil-Biosphere Interactions

By C Müller, Department of Applied Microbiology, Justus-Liebig University, Giessen, Germany

December 1999 / Hardback / 360 Pages / 9780851993539 £112.00 / €144.00 / $214.00
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Main Description

Soils interact with the biological environment in a number of ways. Our understanding of these interactions can often be enhanced by computer modelling. The primary function of this book is to introduce basic modelling skills and to show how even complex problems in the relationship between soil and the biosphere can be solved using modelling packages. The author presents numerous examples using ModelMaker, an easily learnt software package. Only basic mathematical skills are expected of the reader. A demo of ModelMaker is available on CD from Cherwell Scientific

  • 1: Introduction
  • 2: Nitrogen Transformation in Soil
  • 3: Modelling kinetics
  • 4: Nitrification
  • 5: Denitrification
  • 6: C/N transformations in soil organic matter
  • 7: Soil Temperature
  • 8: Dynamics in space and time
  • 9: Volumetric heat capacity and thermal conductivity
  • 10: Heat flow models
  • 11: Soil Water
  • 12: Potential concept
  • 13: Hydraulic conductivity
  • 14: Basic water flow model
  • 15: Other boundary conditions
  • 16: Infiltrability
  • 17: Soil Energy Balance
  • 18: Soil temperature-moisture model
  • 19: Radiation balance
  • 20: Water vapour movement
  • 21: Plant Growth
  • 22: Conceptual plant growth model
  • 23: Photosynthesis
  • 24: Plant growth-substrate relationships
  • 25: Environmental factors
  • 26: Leaching
  • 27: Transport processes
  • 28: Leaching models
  • 29: Final Comments

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