Statistical and Numerical Computing
Published Online: 15 SEP 2006
Copyright © 2002 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd
Encyclopedia of Environmetrics
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Richter, O., Seppelt, R. and Söndgerath, D. 2006. Computer Modeling. Encyclopedia of Environmetrics. 1.
- Published Online: 15 SEP 2006
The starting point of computer modeling is the design of a conceptual model. The conceptual model aggregates our knowledge of the system and implies a thorough (albeit subjective) selection of components and processes judged essential for the processes under study in a given spatiotemporal context. A conceptual model is graphically presented in form of a compartment system. Compartments are defined with respect to morphology and to physical, chemical and biological states. A computer model implies the translation of a conceptual model into a code, i.e. an algorithm.