Nine Considerations for Constructing and Running Geomorphological Models

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In this chapter, three broad categories of geomorphological models are considered: (1) traditional physically based computer models; (2) cellular-automata models; and (3) statistical models of observations or simulated data. Nine considerations for constructing and running geomorphological models within these categories are then explored: (1) suitability of the model for the question and observational data at hand; (2) model parsimony; (3) dimensional analysis; (4) benchmarks; (5) sensitivity analysis; (6) calibration; (7) observation and model data exploration; (8) uncertainty assessment; and (9) alternative models, data, and questions. For each consideration, good practices within the context of the literature are highlighted.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTreatise on Geomorphology
Subtitle of host publicationVolume 2: Quantitative Modeling of Geomorphology
EditorsJohn F Shroder
Place of PublicationOxford
PublisherElsevier publishing company
Number of pages22
ISBN (Print)9780123747396
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2013


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