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

Is there a future for the South African coal industry in a low carbon world? The Greenhouse consulting firm helped develop a South... »more
St. Helena, CA

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. ... »more
Flood in Ho Chi Minh City

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... »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... »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... »more

From controversy to consensus: Decommissioning California’s offshore oil platforms

Should the 27 defunct oil platforms off the coast of California be dismantled? Or convert to artificial reefs for marine ecosystems?  »more

Relocatable Classroom

Stanford University's Center for Integrated Facility Engineering (CIFE) is a leading research center for virtual design for architecture, engineering, and construction. Caroline Clevenger, a... »more
Coffee Carafe

Green Purchasing

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... »more
Also See
EPA (US Environmental Protection Agency)
NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)
NAPAP (National Acid Precipitation Assessment Program)
WSL (Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research)
Clean Texas
NREL (National Renewable Energy Laboratory)
World Bank