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Craig Zumbrunnen
GEOG 471
Seattle Campus

Methods of Resource Analysis

Economic and noneconomic criteria for resource analysis. Theory and methods of linear models of natural resource analysis. Includes materials-balance modeling, residuals management, constrained system optimization approaches to water quality analysis, land-use patterns and interregional energy use, and multiple objective planning techniques applied to natural resource problems. Recommended: GEOG 370.

Class description

This is a resource analysis methods course which focuses primarily on optimization techniques, especially linear, integer and mixed integer programming using LINDO Trade Mark software on Windows-based PCs, or MAC computers.

The course will be taught assuming the student has studied neither the calculus nor matrix algebra. Rather than presenting purely a "cook book" or "canned" approach; however, students will be exposed to both the theory and mathematics behind the methods prior to using the various computer programs available on both mainframes and micros. The goal of the course is to impart a good operational knowledge of various analytical tools which can be applied to resource management as well as other social, economic and transportation geography problems. In addition to geographic research in general, this class should prove valuable to the individual interested in the professional world with a public or private employer dealing with resource managment/development issues. As much theory as possible will precede method so that the student gains an appreciation of the appropriate context in which to apply a given technique.

Students are expected to attend all classes, do the assigned reading, and complete all assigned exercises on time.

(Grading: .Graded exercises 100 %)

Texts and Selected Readings: A reading packet with selections from Michael R. Greenberg, Applied Linear Programming for the Socioeconomic and Environmental Sciences (New York: Academic Press, 1978); Douglas A. Haith, Environmental Systems Optimization (New York: John Wiley and Sons, 1982); Charles W. Howe, Benefit-Cost Analysis for Water System Planning (Washington D.C.: American Geophysical Union, 1971); Bruce Mitchell, Geography and Resource Analysis, 2nd edition (Essex: Longman Scientific & Technical, 1989); Edith Stokey and Richard Zeckhauser, A Primer for Policy Analysis (New York: W. W. Norton, 1978); and Linus Schrage's Optimization Modeling with LINDO, 5th edition (Pacific Grove, CA: Brooks/Cole Publoishing Company, 1997).

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The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Craig Zumbrunnen
Date: 03/24/2004