Eco-exergy as sustainability / S.E. Jorgensen.

By: Jorgensen, S. E.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookSeries: The sustainable world; 16.Publisher: Southampton : WIT Press, 2006Description: 207 p . : ill. ; 24 cm.ISBN: 1845640594.ISSN: 1476-9581.Subject(s): ECOSYSTEMS | ENERGY BUDGET | DYNAMIC MODELS | HEALTH | BIOENERGETICS | HUMAN FACTORS | INDICATORS | MATHEMATICAL MODELS | SUSTAINABILITY | THERMODYNAMICS | AGRICULTURE | COASTAL ZONE MANAGEMENT | LAKESHoldings: GRETA POINT: 577.8 ECO
Contents:
1. Introduction 1 2: You cannot escape the thermodynamic laws 17 3: Exergy 27 4: Application of eco-exergy in human activities and ecosystems 49 5: Eco-exergy as an ecosystem health indicator 67 6: Eco-exergy as an ecosystem health indicator for lakes 81 7: Eco-exergy as an ecosystem health indicator for coastal areas 89 8: Eco-exergy as an ecosystem health indicator for agricultural systems 101 9: Eco-exergy losses and gains in the society 113 10: Properties of ecosystems 129 11: Ecological and sustainable management of agricultural systems 137 12: Ecological and sustainable management of industrial systems 153 13: A society based on ecological principles 163 14: Conclusions and summary
Summary: In recent years, the economy has determined the agenda when environmental issues are concerned using cost/benefit analyses. This inevitably leads to wrong decisions because the uncertainties of the cost/benefit analyses are often magnitudes higher than that estimated by the economists. Therefore, these analyses should be replaced or supplemented by the concept of sustainability to aid the decision-making process. This book represents the first attempt to apply eco-exergy, a thermodynamic concept used to describe the development of ecosystems, to express sustainability and use it in a non-ecological context.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 195-201)and index

1. Introduction 1 2: You cannot escape the thermodynamic laws 17 3: Exergy 27 4: Application of eco-exergy in human activities and ecosystems 49 5: Eco-exergy as an ecosystem health indicator 67 6: Eco-exergy as an ecosystem health indicator for lakes 81 7: Eco-exergy as an ecosystem health indicator for coastal areas 89 8: Eco-exergy as an ecosystem health indicator for agricultural systems 101 9: Eco-exergy losses and gains in the society 113 10: Properties of ecosystems 129 11: Ecological and sustainable management of agricultural systems 137 12: Ecological and sustainable management of industrial systems 153 13: A society based on ecological principles 163 14: Conclusions and summary

In recent years, the economy has determined the agenda when environmental issues are concerned using cost/benefit analyses. This inevitably leads to wrong decisions because the uncertainties of the cost/benefit analyses are often magnitudes higher than that estimated by the economists. Therefore, these analyses should be replaced or supplemented by the concept of sustainability to aid the decision-making process. This book represents the first attempt to apply eco-exergy, a thermodynamic concept used to describe the development of ecosystems, to express sustainability and use it in a non-ecological context.

GRETA POINT: 577.8 ECO

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