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A Primer on Environmental Decision-Making

An Integrative Quantitative Approach

Seip, Knut Lehre, Wenstøp, Fred

2006, X, 496p.

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  • Bridges the gap between environmental management and economics
  • Supports problem based learning and is excellent for project work
  • Easy to follow the main steps in a formal decision analysis, and easy to find the material that is needed to support the analyses
  • Probably offers the largest existing collection of basic equations related to environmental management
  • Highlights the distinction between facts (beliefs) and preferences and shows how they come together in a decision-making process
  • As far as we know this is the first book on environmental decision analysis that includes chapters on ethics, aesthetics as well as life quality

This book integrates decision-making and environmental science. For ecologists it will bridge the gap to economics. For practitioners in environmental economics and management it will be a major reference book. It probably contains the largest collection available of expressions and basic equations that are used in environmental sciences. Applying these expressions as "rules-of-thumb" will give participants in a decision-making process a common platform for discussion and arbitration.

To make the text comfortable to read, the book is organized in disciplines, but it also includes 13 applications that draw on all subjects in the book, and where cross-references are extensively used. The applications that range from siting of paper mills to wilderness management show how a range of topics in economics, social sciences and ecology are interrelated when decisions have to be made.

The third chapter is called "Getting started". It shows how to carry out a complete environmental screening study in one day, much like the computer manuals that get you going from the first day. We believe that raising a platform for environmental decision-making puts issues into their right perspective, it is fun, and it lets an individual contribute to society’s understanding of the environment in a very short while.

Content Level » Graduate

Keywords » Environmental Management - Environmental economics - ecology - ecosystem - environmental aesthetics - environmental ethics - multi criteria decision making

Related subjects » Ecology - Environmental / Development / Agricultural Economics - Environmental Management - Operations Research & Decision Theory - Social Sciences

Table of contents 

Preface. Part 1 Environmental Decision-Making.- 1. Introduction.- 2. Decision-Making Concepts: Introduction of basic concepts in environmental decision-making.- 3. Getting Started: A step by step outline of the rational decision analysis process.- 4. Iintegrated Assessment: Comprehensive analysis of environmental impacts of projects.- 5. Economics: A brief introduction to environmental resource economics.- 6. Game Theory: With applications to the management of common resources.- 7. Preferences: Elicitation of decision-maker values.- 8. Willingness to Pay: The value of environmental resources and services.- Part 2 The Subjective Experience.- 9. Ethics: Ethical principles for environmental management.- 10. Quality of Life: Recreation, cultural experience and life quality standards.- 11. Aesthetics: The aesthetical value of landscape and cityscape.- Part 3 Ecological Principles and Processes.- 12. Ecology: Ecological concepts.- 13. Harvesting: Sustainability, footprints, and harvesting economics.- 14. Toxins: Toxicity of pollutants for humans and ecosystems.- 15. Soil and Sediment: Physics and chemistry of soils and sediments – soil loss and formation.- 16. Hydrology: Rain, runoff, evaporation and storage.- Part 4 The Natural Environment.- 17. Lake: Surface water environments and water quality.- 18. River: Water environment – rivers and wetlands.- 19. Terrestrial Environment: Habitat suitability in natural terrestrial environments.- 20. Agriculture and Land Use: Agriculture and land use with emphasis on developing countries.- 21. Air: Emission, dispersion and effects of airborne pollution.- 22. Climate: Anthropogenic emissions, climate and ecosystems. Index.

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