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Quantitative Modeling of Earth Surface Processes


  • Date Published: August 2008
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  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521855976

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  • This textbook describes some of the most effective and straightforward quantitative techniques for modeling Earth surface processes. By emphasizing a core set of equations and solution techniques, the book presents state-of-the-art models currently employed in Earth surface process research, as well as a set of simple but practical research tools. Detailed case studies demonstrate application of the methods to a wide variety of processes including hillslope, fluvial, aeolian, glacial, tectonic, and climatic systems. Exercises at the end of each chapter begin with simple calculations and then progress to more sophisticated problems that require computer programming. All the necessary computer codes are available online at Assuming some knowledge of calculus and basic programming experience, this quantitative textbook is designed for advanced geomorphology courses and as a reference book for professional researchers in Earth and planetary science looking for a quantitative approach to Earth surface processes.

    • Takes a strongly quantitative approach, which is not presented in other textbooks on the topic
    • Contains end-of-chapter review questions, allowing the reader to monitor their understanding of the material presented
    • Includes programming code so the reader can implement the methods in their own work
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    'Revolutionary! A new powerful instrument for the study of the Earth's surface that will change the intellectual landscape of this discipline. Rigorous and engaging, this book will train a new generation of scientists in the tools and techniques of quantitative surface processes. Indispensable for anyone interested in process geomorphology from a modern point of view.' Sergio Fagherazzi, Boston University

    '… the strength of Pelletier's book is on demonstrating practical techniques to solve classic geomorphic problems. … The style of writing is at times almost avuncular, guiding the reader through a series of computationally efficient techniques to solve basic problems. … There are typically about five exercises at the end of each chapter to test one's knowledge of the programming techniques discussed. The questions are practical, interesting and well chosen, and answers build up incrementally. … a vital resource for any student or researcher interested in earth surface processes.' Area

    'Jon Pelletier has authored a surprisingly detailed textbook which describes some of the most important, or, as he writes in the introduction, most effective and straightforward quantitative techniques for modeling Earth surface processes … the book provides its own refreshing trajectory … This particular path through the different realms of geomorphology provides the reader [with] a direct route through sophisticated ways [of] modeling Earth surface processes.' Zeitschrift für Geomorphologie

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    • Date Published: August 2008
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521855976
    • length: 304 pages
    • dimensions: 252 x 192 x 18 mm
    • weight: 0.84kg
    • contains: 184 b/w illus. 12 colour illus.
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. Preface
    2. Introduction
    3. The diffusion equation
    4. Flow routing
    5. The advection/wave equation
    6. Flexural isostasy
    7. Non-Newtonian flow equations
    8. Instabilities
    9. Stochastic processes
    Appendix 1. Codes for solving the diffusion equation
    Appendix 2. Codes for flow routing
    Appendix 3. Codes for solving the advection equation
    Appendix 4. Codes for solving the flexure equation
    Appendix 5. Codes for modeling non-Newtonian flows
    Appendix 6. Codes for modeling instabilities
    Appendix 7. Codes for modeling stochastic processes

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    Jon D. Pelletier, University of Arizona
    Jon Pelletier was awarded a Ph.D. in geological sciences from Cornell University in 1997. Following two years at the California Institute of Technology as the O.K. Earl Prize Postdoctoral Scholar, he was made an associate professor of geosciences at the University of Arizona where he teaches geomorphology. Dr Pelletier's research involves mathematical modeling of a wide range of surface processes on Earth and other planets, including the evolution of mountain belts, the transport and deposition of dust in arid environments, and fluvial and glacial processes on Mars.

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