Professor Peter C. Young
- E-mail: P.Young@lancaster.ac.uk
- Phone: +44 (0) 1524 593966
- Fax: +44 (0) 1524 593985
- Address: Prof. P C Young, Environmental Science, Lancaster University, U.K.
Peter Young helped to establish the Centre for Resource and Environmental Studies at the
Australian National University as its Head of Environmental Systems (1975-81); whilst Head of
Environmental Science Department at Lancaster (1981-87), the Department received the highest grading
in both the Earth Science Review (one of only two multi-disciplinary Departments to receive this
grading) and the first National Research Assessment Exercise; proposed and helped plan the
establishment of the Institute of Environmental and Biological Sciences (1987); established the Centre
for Research on Environmental Systems and Statistics (initially Centre for Research on Environmental
Systems: acronym CRES retained), 1987; helped establish the Lancaster Centre for Forecasting (LFC)
with Prof. Fildes, 1992.
- Development of novel 'systems' methods for the modelling, forecasting and control of environmental systems.
- Applications in diverse dynamic systems, from the environment, through ecology and engineering, to socio-economics.
- Browse the Systems and Control group research pages for examples.
Author of various books and over 180 publications in the open literature. Selection of recent publications:
- Concise Encyclopedia of Environmental Systems, Pergamon Press: Oxford (editor and
author of 23 articles), 1993.
- Time variable and state dependent modelling of nonstationary and nonlinear time series. Chapter 26 in T
Subba Rao (ed.) Developments in Time Series, volume in honour of Maurice Priestley, Chapman and
Hall: London, 374-413
- The Active Mixing Volume (AMV): a new concept in modelling environmental systems, Chapter 1 in V.
Barnett and K.F. Turkman (eds.), Statistics for the Environment. J. Wiley: Chichester, 3-44. (with M. J.
- Solute transport and dispersion in channels, Chapter 6 in K.J. Beven and M.J. Kirby (eds.) Channel
Networks, Wiley: Chichester, 129-173. (with S.G. Wallis).
- An adaptive flood warning scheme for the River Nith at Dumfries; in W. R. White and J. Watts (eds.),
River Flood Hydraulics, Wiley: Chichester, 65-75. (with M. Lees, S. Ferguson, K.J. Beven and J. Burns).
- Modelling and PIP control of a glasshouse microclimate, Control Engineering Practice 2, 591-604. (with
M.J. Lees, A. Chotai, W. Tych, and Z. Chalabi).
- Data-based mechanistic modelling and the rainfall-flow nonlinearity, Environmetrics, 5, 3, 335-363;
special issue on Environmental Time Series AnalysisŐ. (with K.J. Beven).
- On the relationship between Generalised Predictive Control (GPC) and Proportional-Integral-Plus (PIP)
control; in Clarke (ed.), Advances in Model Based Predictive Control, Oxford University Press: Oxford,
53-68. (with J. Taylor and A. Chotai).
- Multivariable true digital control of glasshouse climate; in R. Whalley (ed.), Application of Multivariable
System Techniques, Mechanical Engineering Publications: London, 255-267. (with M.J. Lees, A. Chotai
and W. Tych).
- Time variable parameter and trend estimation in non-stationary economic time series, Journal of
Forecasting, 13, 179-210.
- Simplicity out of complexity: Occam's razor revisited, Journal of Applied Statistics, 23, 165-210. (with
S. Parkinson, S. and M.J. Lees).
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