Springer Series on Environmental Management

Quantifying Environmental Impact Assessments Using Fuzzy Logic

Authors: Shepard, Richard B.

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About this book

Environmental impact assessments are required for a wide range of projects throughout the world. These assessments have increasingly involved complex, political decision-making and incorporated values and beliefs of both stakeholders and interested parties. However, the results are often ineffective because values and beliefs are not easily quantifiable, and decisions are considered subjective. This analysis recognizes these problems and proposes practical methods based on fuzzy logic that will enable people preparing assessments to define terms and quantify opinions and input so that they are agreed upon by all involved parties. Fuzzy logic also quantifies the complex environmental, economic and social conditions that are present and are predicted by project alternatives. The author places special emphasis on the types of issues that frequently arise in NEPA environmental assessments and environmental impact statements and in similar regulations that are used in jurisdictions regionally and internationally. The new methods are intended to reduce the time and cost of assessments, while producing justifiable and legally defensible results. 

First, issues related to current environmental impact assessment methods are discussed. Then the book discusses how lessons learned from computational intelligence can address these problems. It describes how a systematic, logical approach to environmental assessment can be applied to a variety of complex situations. Finally, the design and implementation of a more objective and powerful assessment is demonstrated through a worked example. Explanations of computational intelligence techniques and discussions of helpful software are intended to benefit those people actually preparing and using environmental assessments--in language that makes the process transparent and transferable to all types of systems.

About the authors

Richard B. Shepard, Ph.D., is President of Applied Ecosystem Services, Inc.

Table of contents (17 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Quantifying Environmental Impact Assessments Using Fuzzy Logic
Authors
Series Title
Springer Series on Environmental Management
Copyright
2005
Publisher
Springer-Verlag New York
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag New York
eBook ISBN
978-0-387-28098-1
DOI
10.1007/0-387-28098-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-387-24398-6
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4419-2029-4
Series ISSN
0172-6161
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXIV, 264
Number of Illustrations and Tables
42 b/w illustrations
Topics