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Ecological Numeracy : Quantitative Analysis of Environmental Issues - Robert A. Herendeen

Ecological Numeracy

Quantitative Analysis of Environmental Issues

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Published: 6th April 1998
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Master the fundamental math skills necessary to quantify and evaluate a broad range of environmental questions.<br> <br> 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.<br> <br> 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.<br> <br> 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.

Context and Acclimatization.

Contributions to Environmental Impact: Analyzing the Components of Change.

Consequences of Exponential (Geometric) Growth.

End-Use Analysis and Predicting Future Demand.

Economic Considerations, Discount Rates, and Benefit-Cost Analysis.

Limits.

Dynamics, Stocks and Flows, Age Class Effects.

Indirect Effects.

Shared Resources and the Tragedy of the Commons.

The Automobile: A Powerful Problem.

Ecological Economics and Sustainability.

Thermodynamics and Energy Efficiency.

Appendices.

References.

Index.

ISBN: 9780471183099
ISBN-10: 0471183091
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 360
Published: 6th April 1998
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.3 x 15.5  x 2.4
Edition Number: 1