Sustainability: Fundamentals and Applications

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A comprehensive resource to sustainability and its application to the environmental, industrial, agricultural and food security sectors

Sustainability fills a gap in the literature in order to provide an important guide to the fundamental knowledge and practical applications of sustainability in a wide variety of areas. The authors – noted experts who represent a number of sustainability fields – bring together in one comprehensive volume the broad range of topics including basic concepts, impact assessment, environmental and the socio-economic aspects of sustainability. In addition, the book covers applications of sustainability in environmental, industrial, agricultural and food security, as well as carbon cycle and infrastructural aspects.

Sustainability addresses the challenges the global community is facing due to population growth, depletion of non-renewable resources of energy, environmental degradation, poverty, excessive generation of wastes and more. Throughout the book the authors discuss the economics, ecological, social, technological and systems perspectives of sustainability. This important resource:

• Explores the fundamentals as well as the key concepts of sustainability;

• Covers basic concepts, impact assessment, environmental and socio-economic aspects, applications of sustainability in environmental, industrial, agricultural and food security, carbon cycle and infrastructural aspects;

• Argues the essentiality of sustainability in ensuring the propitious future of earth systems; and

• Authored by experts from a range of various fields related to sustainability.

Written for researchers and scientists, students and academics, Sustainability: Fundamentals and Applications is a comprehensive book that covers the basic knowledge of the topic combined with practical applications.

 

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Contents

The Need Role and Significance of Sustainability 21
21
Dimensions Intersections and Knowledge
43
Measurement of Sustainability
69
Sustainable Impact Assessment
83
Analytical Tools and Methodologies to Evaluate Sustainable Development Goals
111
Resilience Engineering and Quantification for Sustainable Systems
129
Economic Development and Sustainability
159
Social Dimensions of Sustainability
183
Food Security and Sustainability
357
Sustainable Healthcare Systems
375
Ethical Aspects of Sustainability
397
Education and Human Resource Development for Sustainability
413
Applications
439
Sustainability of Carbon Storage and Sequestration
465
Environmental Degradation and Sustainability
483
Sustainability of River Water Resources Under the Influence of Climate
507

Revisiting Poppers Piecemeal
207
Environment Modeling for Sustainable Development
229
Biodiversity and Sustainability
255
Sustainability of Ecosystem Services ESs
277
Sustainable Infrastructure
295
Industrial Practices in Sustainability
313
Challenges of Sustainability in Agricultural Management
339
Sustainable Systems for Groundwater Resource Management
527
Sustainability and Energy Management in Facilities for Wastewater Treatment
553
Energy Needs for Sustainable Buildings and Transportation
583
Remote Sensing and GIS Applications in Sustainability
605
Artificial Intelligence and Computational Sustainability
627
Index
651
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About the author (2020)

RAO Y. SURAMPALLI, Ph.D., P.E., BCEE, Hon D.WRE, F.AAAS, Dist.M.ASCE, is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Global Institute for Energy, Environment and Sustainability, USA.

TIAN C. ZHANG, Ph.D., P.E., BCEE, D.WRE, F.ASCE, F.AAAS is Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA.

MANISH KUMAR GOYAL, Ph.D. is presently working as an assistant professor in the Department of Civil Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Indore, India.

SATINDER K. BRAR, Ph.D. is Love Chair Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering, York University, Canada.

R. D. TYAGI, Ph.D. is Professor with Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique (Eau, Terre, et Environment), University of Quebec, Canada.

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