Consider a Cylindrical Cow

More Adventures in Environmental Problem Solving

John Harte
University of California, Berkeley


Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments

Chapter I     PROBABILITY

Introduction
Background
Problems

1. Pick Your Poison
2. Infanticide in China?
3. Caesar's Last Breath
4. A blot from the Blue?
5. On the Street Where You Live

Chapter II    OPTIMIZATION

Introduction
Background
Problems

1. Advice for Farmers
2. Efficient Censusing
3. Blowing in the Wind
4. Haste Makes Waste
5. Biting the Hand that Feeds Us

Chapter III    SCALING AND DIMENSIONAL CONSISTENCY

Introduction
Background
Problems

1. How Tall Can a Mountain Be?
2. Sleeping Bears
3. Little Green Men?
4. What a Drag
5. Saving the Species: The role of Reserve Shape

Chapter IV     CORE MODELS OF CHANGE IN TIME AND SPACE

Introduction
Background
Problems

1. Pollutant Stock-and-Flow: Reconstructing CO2 Emissions
2. Population: Limits to Growth
3. Climate: Influence of Solar Variability
4. Community Ecology: Origins of Cycles
5. Biogeochemistry: Nitrogen Fertilization and the Carbon Sink

Chapter V    STABILITY AND FEEDBACK

Introduction
Background
Problems

1. Stability of the Core Models
2. Some Say in Ice
3. Biting the Hand that Feeds Us (II)
4. Sagebrush World
5. Will the Seas Go Flat?

Appendix: Useful Mathematical Expressions and Approximations

Further Reading

Index