Environmental Security and Environmental Management: The Role of Risk Assessment: Proceedings of the NATO Advanced Research Workhop on The Role of Risk Assessment in Environmental Security and Emergency Preparedness in the Mediterranean Region, held in Ei / Edition 1

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The concept of "Environmental security" has emerged as one basis for understanding international conflicts. This phrase can mean a variety of things. It can signify security issues stemming from environmental concerns or conflicting needs, or it can mean that the environment is treated as a resource for the long term, and the question is what should be done today to preserve the quality of the environment in the future. Over the last several years, the authors of this book and their colleagues have demonstrated the power and value of risk assessment and decision analysis as tools that decision makers should use for a broad range of environmental problems, including environmental security.

This book is based on the discussions and papers prepared for the NATO Advanced Research Workshop that took place in Eilat, Israel, in April 2004. Many of the contributions in the book do not deal directly with the region, instead, they apply a risk analytical approach to a variety of environmental problems. The goal was as much to inform about the problems as it was to show the power of risk analysis as a tool to discuss environmental policy.

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"This book is the third of a series of proceedings of NATO Advanced Research Workshops … . they are stimulating and they do lead to the generation of new ideas through interactions of scientists who would not meet through their usual round of meetings. This proceedings volume reflects that dynamic. … The 2 authors optimistically anticipate … increased trans-boundary cooperation in general which would promote peace and economic development. I am inspired by their vision of bringing enlightenment values and approaches … ." (Glenn Suter, Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management, Vol. 4 (2), 2008)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781402038921
  • Publisher: Springer Netherlands
  • Publication date: 12/21/2005
  • Series: Nato Security through Science Series C
  • Edition description: 2006
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 325
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface.- Acknowledgements.-
Part 1. Environmental Security.- Environmental Security, Critical Infrastructure and Risk Assessment: Defmitions and Current Trends;
D.A. Belluck, R. Hull, S.L. Benjamin, I Alcorn, I. Linkov.- Security and the Environment in the Middle-East Water Issues; B. Morel.-
Potential of Solar Thermal Desalination to Defuse Water as a Conflict Issue in the Middle East — Proposal for Functional Cooperation in the Gulf of Aqaba; H. G. Brauch.-
Water Resources Management and Environmental Security in MediterraneanTransboundary River Basins; I. Ganoulis .- The Role of Comparative Risk Assessment in Decision Analysis. Marshlands of Mesopotamia and Affected Riparian Countries; C. Maxwell .- A Future for the Dead Sea Basin: Options for a More Sustainable Water
Management; C. Lipchin .- Are Standard Risk Acceptability Criteria Applicable to Critical Infrastructure Based on Environmental Security Needs?; D.A. Belluck et al.- From global warming to water scarcity: what are the most urgent environmental problems of the region. Report of the discussion Group on Environmental Security; A. Morel, B. Morel .- Part 2. Environmental Management.- The Interconnection Between the Built Environment, Ecology and Health;
H. S. Koren, C. D. Butler.- Statistical Models for Distributions of Ambient Fine Particulate Matter; S. Yeh, M J. Small.- QnD: A Scenario-Based Gaming System for Modeling Environmental Processes and Management Decisions; G. A. Kiker et al.- Mapping of Relative Risk; U. Schlink et al. Understanding Risk Culture and Developing a ‘Soft’ Approach to Risk Assessment Methodologies; S. Rao .- Different Preventive Strategies Require Diversified Risk Assessment Models; S. Menoni.- Coupling Public Participation and Expert Judgment for Assessment of Innovative Contaminated Sediment Technologies; T. P. Seager et al. Environmental Risk Assessment and Management: Promoting Security in the Middle East and in the Mediterranean Region.Report o fthe Working Group on Environmental Risk Assessment and Management; J. Ganoulis, L. Simpson .- Part 3. Case Studies in Environmental Security and Environmental Management.- Reuse of Wastewater in Agriculture- Economic Assessment of Treatment and Supply Alternatives as Affecting Aquifer Pollution; N. Haruvy.-
Minimizing the Risks Associated with Water Scarcity; S. Arlosoroff.- Integrated Risk-Based Management of Water Resources in the Jordan River Basin;
E. Levner.- Outcome of Nato Workshop on Radiological Risk in Central Asia; M.K.. Zaidi et al.- Public Transport Policy & Measures That Could Improve the Air Quality in Major Cities in Syria, A Case Study: Damascus; J. Chahoud .- The Modeling of Combine Impact of Waste Heat Discharge into Offshore Strip from Cooling Systems and Power Plants; A. Andrijievskij et al.- Role of Synergy in Biological Risk Assessment; N. Goncharova.- Cooperative Networks for Environmental Risk Analysis Studies: The Case of the Middle East Region; M.K. Zaidi, I. Ganoulis.- List of Participants.- Author Index .-

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