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Stochastic Model

Stochastic Modeling and Environmental Change

  1. Haiganoush K. Preisler

Published Online: 15 SEP 2006

DOI: 10.1002/9780470057339.vas058

Encyclopedia of Environmetrics

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Preisler, H. K. 2006. Stochastic Model. Encyclopedia of Environmetrics. 6.

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  1. Pacific South West Research Station, USDA Forest Service, Albany, CA, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 SEP 2006


Environmental scientists use models – a system of assumptions presented in a mathematical framework – to study complex interrelationships in ecological processes and to assess and predict the impact of our actions on the environment, among other things. There are a variety of model types: stochastic, deterministic, numerical, to name a few. A major concept that distinguishes stochastic models from other models is the idea of probability, or randomness, that is explicit in all stochastic models.