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. 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 show how a range of topics in economics, social sciences and ecology are interrelated when decisions have to be made.
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.