1. General Model Information


Acronym: AMBER

Main medium: all
Main subject: biogeochemistry, hydrology, (eco)toxicology
Organization level: Ecosphere, Socio-Ecosystem
Type of model: ordinary differential equations, compartment model, probabilistic, deterministic
Main application: simulation/optimisation tool, decision support/expert system, research
Keywords: contaminated land, receptors, toxic, radioactive, assessment, radionuclide, contaminant, repository, waste facility, pollution, near field, Laplace, Dylan


Dr Mark Tearle
D5, Culham Science Centre, Abingdon, Oxfordshire, OX14 3DB
Great Britain
Phone: 01235 468800
Fax: 01235 468828
email: amber@enviros.com
Homepage: http://www.enviros.com/amber/


Enviros and Quintessa


AMBER is a flexible, graphical-user-interface based tool that allows users to build their own dynamic compartmental models to represent the migration, degradation and fate of contaminants in an environmental system. AMBER allows the user to assess routine, accidental and long-term contaminant release. 

Specifically, AMBER:  

- Is a complete performance assessment tool 
- Incorporates a fast and accurate Laplace-transform solver and numerical time-step solver 
- Allows time-varying source terms and transfer processes which may be linear or non-linear 
- Allows the import/export of data with external files 
- Has 'units awareness' 
- Can be applied probabilistically  
- Has built in graphing as well as Excel export capabilities 
- Is easy to use and apply  
- Allows the user to tailor the results format.

AMBER allows the user the flexibility to define: 

- Any number of compartments 
- Any number of contaminants and associated rates of degradation (both compartment dependent and independent) 
- Any number of transfers between compartments 
- Sub-models within larger models 
- Algebraic expressions to represent transfer processes operating between compartments 
- Algebraic expressions to represent the uptake of contaminants by humans and other output quantities of interest 
- Non-linear transfer processes (e.g. solubility-limited leaching) 
- Deterministic, probabilistic and time varying parameter values. 

II. Technical Information

II.1 Executables:

Operating System(s): Windows 95/98/ME/2000/NT/XP
commercial software

II.2 Source-code:

Programming Language(s): C++/Visual Basic

II.3 Manuals:

AMBER Reference Guide http://www.enviros.com/PDF/Services/ReferenceGuide_v102e.pdf

II.4 Data:

Examples and tutorials come with program. Please see:

III. Mathematical Information

III.1 Mathematics


III.2 Quantities

user specified. Typical: amounts of contaminants in each defined compartment of environment, transfer rates (e.g. advection, diffusion, dispersion ; bioturbation ; capilliary rise; irrigation rate ; run-off etc)

III.2.1 Input

user specified. Typical: amounts, contaminants, solubility limits, compartment dimensions, sorption coefficients, rainfall, river flows, erosion rates, density

III.2.2 Output

user specified. Typicaly consist of doses received by critical groups, concentrations of contaminants as a function of time and position

IV. References


V. Further information in the World-Wide-Web

VI. Additional remarks

commercial software applied widely to understand the impact on humans (and other biota) from radiological contaminants. Becoming more widely applied in non-radioactive fields.
Last review of this document by: Wed Aug 27 11:40:29 2003
Status of the document: Contributed by Mark Tearle
last modified by Tobias Gabele Thu Sep 18 09:50:44 CEST 2003

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