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Mathematical Modeling of Earth's Dynamical Systems by Rudy Slingerland, Lee Kump

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CHAPTER3

Box Modeling: Unsteady, Uniform Conservation of Mass

 

We start our discussion of model derivations with systems that are best considered in terms of macroscopic control volumes, or “boxes”; that is, large reservoirs of mass or energy that are effectively homogeneous (well mixed) and evolve in time in response to imbalances between input and output. A familiar example is the global carbon cycle, which one typically envisions as a set of carbon reservoirs, ocean, atmosphere, living organisms, sediments, soils, and sedimentary rocks, among which carbon is transferred by a host of physical and biological processes. In such problems we are generally uninterested in spatial distributions within the reservoirs, although we may wish to study ...

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