Math in the Natural Sciences

Math and the Environment

What is environmental modeling?

As with most of the sciences, mathematical modeling and computer simulations also come in handy for environmental applications on a local, regional, and global scale. For example, scientists model environmental landscape changes, global climate change and the impacts on ecosystems, watershed and reservoir interactions, and forest management and sustainability.


In this sample graph of a survivorship curve, it is easy to see how the survival rates of maple trees, deer, and people vary greatly over time.


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