Enviro Modeling: When To Use It And What To Look For

Law360, New York (July 26, 2013, 12:52 PM EDT) -- A model is the representation of a physical entity. Examples include model cars, architectural models of planned buildings, a wind tunnel, an equation representing a state of physics or a computer simulation of an environmental process, such as groundwater contamination, sewage into a river or climate change. Models are used to predict that which is difficult to measure, such as future events or complex cause-effect relationships.

Environmental modeling may be “analytical” (an equation on a napkin) or a simulation, which often involves solving iterations of a...
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