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Ecological Numeracy: Quantitative Analysis of Environmental Issues / Edition 1
     

Ecological Numeracy: Quantitative Analysis of Environmental Issues / Edition 1

by Robert A. Herendeen, Zoe Francesca
 

ISBN-10: 0471183091

ISBN-13: 9780471183099

Pub. Date: 04/20/1998

Publisher: Wiley

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

Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780471183099
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
04/20/1998
Pages:
360
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.17(h) x 0.94(d)

Table of Contents

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.

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