Chapter 9: Environmental models: providing synthesis, analysis, simulation, and prediction
Models can act as an interface among scientists, managers, and the public to build a shared understanding of the status and trends of coastal resources (Figure 9.1). Environmental models can be an effective way of synthesizing large quantities of environmental data. These models can assume a variety of forms and be used to address many different types of research questions. The concept of environmental models has already been introduced in the previous chapter on statistical analyses (see Chapter 8). This chapter provides more in-depth discussion of model utility, formulation, and evaluation.