System Thinking, System Analysis and System Dynamics
Harald Ulrik Sverdrup (1954) is the editor and one of the main authors of this book. The book was done during different times in close collaboration with several colleagues: Hördur Valdimar Haraldsson, Anna Hulda Olafsdottir, Mats G. Svensson, Salim Belyazid and Anders Nordby.
Harald was a Professor of Chemical Engineering at Lund University in Sweden 1981-2014 and a guest Professor of Physical Geography at Stockholm University (2005-2015). Professor of Industrial Engineering at the University of Iceland, Reykjavik 2014-2022. Presently, he is Professor of System dynamics at the Gameschool at the Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences, Hamar, Norway. He is focusing on modelling of dynamic complex systems: Chemical weathering of silicate minerals under field conditions, industrial processes for chemical production, interactive real-time system dynamics simulations of multi-user systems, industrial processes for separations of lanthanides, biogeochemistry of agriculture and forestry, complex ecosystems dynamics, mechanistic modelling of biodiversity, political decision-making, air pollution policies and population dynamics.
This book was written to serve the systems analysis and system dynamic teaching needs of the Bachelors and Masters degrees where the authors are or have been teaching. The purpose of the book is to make the student able to analyze both simple and complex systems across many disciplines, spanning engineering, natural sciences, economy and humanitarian sciences. It addresses students of any type, and does not require any previous education in natural science nor engineering. The prerequisites are as follows: You must have a good sense of logic, have the ability to go from detail to a birds view of whole systems and back. You need to be able to rethink of how you understand systems and change it when the analysis tells that you should do this. The purpose of the book is that students will be able to understand and apply the basic tools of System Analysis and of System Dynamics Modelling from a practical perspective. Systems Analysis allows you to find out how systems work on a fundamental level. From this, you will learn how to create your own simulation models.