Ecological Numeracy: Quantitative Analysis of Environmental Issues

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John Wiley & Sons, Apr 20, 1998 - Design - 331 pages
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Master the fundamental math skills necessary to quantify and evaluate a broad range of environmental questions.

Environmental issues are often quantitative--how much land, how many people, what amount of pollution. Computer programs are useful, but there is no substitute for being able to use a simple calculation to slice through to the crux of the problem. Having a grasp of how the factors interact and whether the results make sense allows one to explain and argue a point of view forcefully to diverse audiences.

With an engaging, down-to-earth style and practical problem-solving approach, Ecological Numeracy makes it easy to understand and master basic mathematical concepts and techniques that are applicable to life-cycle assessment, energy consumption, land use, pollution generation, and a broad range of other environmental issues. Robert Herendeen brings the numbers to life with dozens of fascinating, often entertaining examples and problems.

Requiring only a moderate quantitative background, Ecological Numeracy is a superb introduction for advanced undergraduate students in environmental science, planning, geography, and physical and natural sciences. It is also a valuable professional resource for environmental managers, regulators, and administrators.
 

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Contents

Context and Acclimatization
1
Analyzing
28
Consequences of Exponential Geometric Growth
47
EndUse Analysis and Predicting Future Demand
62
Economic Considerationsi Discount Rates and BenefitCost
87
BenefitCost Analysis
94
Limits
110
Dynamics Stocks and Flows Age Class Effects
119
Shared Resources and the Tragedy of the Commons
208
A Powerful Problem
225
Ecological Economics and Sustainability
251
Thermodynamics and Energy Efficiency
281
Sources
289
Sensitivity and Uncertainty Analysis
300
References with Annotations
317
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Indirect Effects
147

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ROBERT A. HERENDEEN is a staff scientist with the Illinois Natural History Survey at the University of Illinois. Dr. Herendeen also holds academic positions with the Departments of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences; Urban and Regional Planning; and Ecology, Ethology, and Evolution; and with the Office of Supercomputing Applications.

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