About the Author
Sven Erik Jørgensen was the professor emeritus in environmental chemistry at the University of Copenhagen. He received a master of science in chemical engineering from the Danish Technical University (1958), a doctor of environmental engineering (Karlsruhe University) and a doctor of science in ecological modelling (Copenhagen University). He was the honourable doctor at Coimbra University, Portugal and at Dar es Salaam University (Tanzania). In 1975 he founded the journal Ecological Modelling and in 1978 the ISEM (International Society of Ecological Modelling). He has received several awards, the Ruder Boskovic Medal, the Prigogine Prize, the Pascal Medal, the Einstein professorship at the Chinese Academy of Sciences, the Santa Chiara Prize for multidisciplinary teaching and the very prestigious Stockholm Water Prize. He has published 366 papers of which 275 were published in peer-reviewed international journals and he has edited or authored 76 books, of which several have been translated to other languages (Chinese, Russian, Spanish and Portuguese). He has authored a successful textbook in ecological modelling “Fundamentals of Ecological Modelling, which was published as a fourth edition together with Brian Fath in 2011. It has been translated into Chinese and Russian (third edition). He authored a well received textbook in system ecology entitled “Introduction to Systems Ecology. It was published as an English edition in 2012 and as a Chinese edition in 2013. He was editor in chief of the Encyclopedia of Ecology, published in 2008, and of the Encyclopedia of Environmental Management, published in December 2012. He has taught courses in ecological modelling in 32 different countries. He is the editorial board member of 18 international journals in the fields of ecology and environmental management. He was the president of ISEM and he also was elected member of the European Academy of Sciences, for which he was the chairman of the Section for Environmental Sciences.
Ni-Bin Chang is a professor in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department and the Director of the Stormwater Management Academy, University of Central Florida (UCF) in the United States. From Aug. 2012 to Aug. 2014, he was the program director of the Hydrologic Sciences Program and Cyber-enabled Sustainability Science and Engineering Program for the National Science Foundation in the United States. He received a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering from National Chiao-Tung University (NCTU) in Taiwan in 1983, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Water Resources and Environmental Systems Engineering from Cornell University in 1989 and 1991, respectively. Since 1992, Dr. Chang has been directing academic research in the core area of “Environmental Sustainability, Water Resources Management, and Systems Analysis based on various socio-technical system of systems engineering approaches. Ni-Bin is a new Renaissance-type scientist for whom cross-disciplinary research is the norm. With the formation of many cross-domain teams, his research areas include sustainable systems engineering, sustainability science, environmental and hydrological informatics/systems analysis, remote sensing and sensor networks, soft computing, industrial ecology, ecological engineering, green infrastructure planning and design, and system control/engineering optimization. Ni-Bin has received widespread recognition for his interdisciplinary research. He was elected as a Fellow of American Society of Civil Engineers (F.ASCE) in 2009 and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (F.AAAS) in 2011. He was also an elected Member of the European Academy of Sciences (M.EAS) in 2008 and has been a member of the Board of Earth Sciences and Environmental Sciences Division since then. He holds senior membership of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and International Society of Optical Engineers (SPIE), Board Certified Environmental Engineer (BCEE), Diplomat of Water Resources Engineer (DWRE), Certificate of Leadership in Energy and Environment Design (LEED). He is the recipient of the Distinguished Visiting Fellowship of the Royal Academy of Engineering in United Kingdom (UK) in 2013, Fulbright Scholar Award in the U.S. in 2012, Bridging the Gaps Award from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) in the UK. in 2012, Outstanding Achievement Award (ASCE/EWRI) in the U.S. in 2010, and the Research Excellence Award from the National Research Council in Taiwan from 1997 to 2001. He has taught courses in Environmental Informatics and Remote Sensing, Environmental Systems Analysis etc. He is the editorial board member of 40+ international journals. As of Sept. 2013, Ni-Bin is the primary author or a co-author of over 208 peer-reviewed journal articles, 4 English books, 19 book chapters, and 175 conference papers. He was the guest editor of 11 special issues of academic journals, and the owner of 8 United States Patents.
Dr. Fu-Liu Xu is a professor of environmental Sciences at Peking University, China. From 2001 to 2011, he was the director of the Environmental Sciences Division at the College of Urban and Environmental Sciences, Peking University. He received a B.S. degree in Geology from Hefei University of Technology in China in 1984, an M.S. degree in Geochemistry from Xi’an Geological College in China in 1988, and a Ph.D. degree in Ecological Modeling from the University of Copenhagen in Denmark in 1998. Since then, Dr. Xu have been conducting academic research in ecological and environmental sciences covering ecological modeling, ecological indicators, ecological health, ecological engineering, as well as the fate, transfer, ecotoxicology and risk assessment of toxic chemical pollutants. He was the recipient of the Marie Curie Fellowship in 1995, the Distinguished Visiting Fellowship from the University of Hawaii, the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and from the University of Kyoto in 2001, 2002 and 2003, respectively, as well as the National Foundation for Distinguished Young Scholars of China in 2007. He has taught courses in Ecological Modeling, Environmental Decision-Making Analysis, and Fundamentals of Geosciences. Dr. Xu is the editorial board member of three international journals, Ecological Modelling, Ecological Indicators, and Journal of Ecosystem. He has published 158 peer-reviewed journal articles. He was a co-author of the Handbook of Ecological Indicators for Assessment of Ecosystem Health published by CRC Press (First Edition in 1995 and Second Edition in 2010). He was the chief guest editor of the special issues on Toxic Chemical Pollutants in Freshwater Ecosystem for The Scientific World Journal with the Environmental Chemistry Domain in 2012. He is a Fellow of the International Society of Ecological Modelling (ISEM).