Environmental Software Systems

Proceedings of the International Symposium on Environmental Software Systems, 1995

  • Ralf Denzer
  • Gerald Schimak
  • David Russell

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Invited Lectures

  3. Environmental Information Systems

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 67-67
    2. D. D. Cowan, C. I. Mayfield, P. M. Koch, D. A. Swayne
      Pages 69-79
    3. R. Z. Khamitov, V. E. Gvozdev, S. V. Pavlov
      Pages 101-109
  4. Modeling and Simulation

  5. Environmental Management

  6. Decision Support

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 173-173

About this book

Introduction

Due to increasing practical needs, software support of environmental protection and research tasks is growing in importance and scope. Software systems help to monitor basic data, to maintain and process relevant environmental information, to analyze gathered information and to carry out decision processes, which often have to take into account complex alternatives with various side effects. Therefore software is an important tool for the environmental domain. When the first software systems in the environmental domain grew - 10 to 15 years ag- users and developers were not really aware of the complexity these systems are carrying with themselves: complexity with respect to entities, tasks and procedures. I guess nobody may have figured out at that time that the environmental domain would ask for solutions which information science would not be able to provide and - in several cases - can not provide until today. Therefore environmental informatics - as we call it today - is also an important domain of computer science itself, because practical solutions need to deal with very complex, interdisciplinary, distributed, integrated, sometimes badly defined, user-centered decision processes. I doubt somebody will state that we are already capable of building such integrated systems for end users for reasonable cost on a broad range. The development of the first scientific community for environmental informatics started around 1985 in Germany, becoming a technical committee and working group of the German Computer Society in 1987.

Keywords

artificial intelligence complexity computer computer science development information system management modeling simulation society software time

Editors and affiliations

  • Ralf Denzer
    • 1
  • Gerald Schimak
    • 2
  • David Russell
    • 3
  1. 1.Saarland State University for Technology and BusinessGaibergGermany
  2. 2.Austrian Research Centre SeibersdorfAustria
  3. 3.Penn State Great ValleyUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-0-387-34951-0
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag US 1996
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4757-5160-4
  • Online ISBN 978-0-387-34951-0
  • Series Print ISSN 1868-4238
  • Series Online ISSN 1868-422X
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