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Quantitative Modeling of Earth Surface Processes

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ISBN-10: 0521855977

ISBN-13: 9780521855976

Edition: 2008

Authors: Jon D. Pelletier, Jon Pelletier

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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…    
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Book details

List price: $104.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 8/7/2008
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 304
Size: 7.50" wide x 9.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.892
Language: English

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.

A tour of the fluvial system
A tour of the eolian system
A tour of the glacial system
The diffusion equation
Analytic methods and applications
Numerical techniques and applications
Flow routing
"Cleaning up" US Geological Survey DEMs
Application of flow-routing algorithms to estimate flood hazards
Contaminant transport in channel bed sediments
The advection/wave equation
Analytic methods
Numerical methods
Modeling the fluvial-geomorphic response of the southern Sierra Nevada to uplift
The erosional decay of ancient orogens
Flexural isostasy
Methods for 1D problems
Methods for 2D problems
Modeling of foreland basin geometry
Flexural-isostatic response to glacial erosion in the western US
Non-Newtonian flow equations
Modeling non-Newtonian and perfectly plastic flows
Modeling flows with temperature-dependent viscosity
Modeling of threshold-sliding ice sheets and glaciers over complex 3D topography
Thrust sheet mechanics
Glacial erosion beneath ice sheets
An introductory example: the Rayleigh-Taylor instability
A simple model for river meandering
Werner's model for eolian dunes
Oscillations in arid alluvial channels
How are drumlins formed?
Spiral troughs on the Martian polar ice caps
Stochastic processes
Time series analysis and fractional Gaussian noises
Langevin equations
Random walks
Unsteady erosion and deposition in eolian environments
Stochastic trees and diffusion-limited aggregation
Estimating total flux based on a statistical distribution of events: dust emission from playas
The frequency-size distribution of landslides
Coherence resonance and the timing of ice ages
Codes for solving the diffusion equation
Codes for flow routing
Codes for solving the advection equation
Codes for solving the flexure equation
Codes for modeling non-Newtonian flows
Codes for modeling instabilities
Codes for modeling stochastic processes