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Environmental Futures

Environmental Futures Book
Author : J. Alcamo
Publisher : Elsevier
Release : 2008-10-10
ISBN : 9780080932989
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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As scientists and policymakers try to come to grips with problems such as climate change and risks to biodiversity, they turn more and more frequently to the method of scenario analysis to better understand the future of these problems. Over the last few years scenario analysis has become one of the key tools for bridging environmental science and policy. This is the first book to sum up the current practice of environmental scenario analysis and to propose directions for improving its quality and effectiveness. Chapters are written by an international group of distinguished scenario experts and provide an excellent starting basis for first-time scenario practitioners, as well as a collection of new ideas on improving scenario practice for experienced scenario analysts. * Comprehensive coverage and overview on environmental scenario analysis from a team of international experts * First book to address key contemporary issues involved with environmental scenario analysis * Gives guidelines for best practices Benefits: * Excellent starting base for first-time scenario practitioners * Helps the reader to interpret scenarios and to place them into the correct context

Environmental Futures

Environmental Futures Book
Author : Jessica Barnes
Publisher : Wiley-Blackwell
Release : 2016-05-09
ISBN : 9781119278320
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Concerns about the exploitation of limited resources, optimum development trajectories, and climate change draw attention to the temporal horizons of our environment - Environmental Futures is a curated collection of essays that explores different ways of knowing the future and how these futures shape contemporary social worlds. Includes a range of detailed case studies, from ice melting in Antarctica to coal mining in Bangladesh, flooding in Colombia to climate modelling in Egypt Approaches prognosis as a cultural, political, and material process Reveals the ways in which authority and expertise may be reinforced, circumscribed, or contested in the process of making a prediction and its aftermath Offers novel insights on how and why futures come to be significant in the present

Environmental Futures

Environmental Futures Book
Author : Ben Fairweather,Sue Elworthy,Matt Stroh,Piers H.G. Stephens
Publisher : Springer
Release : 1999-04-12
ISBN : 1349272655
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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The book comprises thirteen papers on environmental issues, with particular reference to future developments (for example, new technologies, paths in social and political theory, methodologies). It is divided into three sections, moving from social constructions of 'the environment' in the first section to questions of green political theory and practice in the second, and concluding with issues of environmental risk and future technologies. The work is interdisciplinary, with contributors ranging from philosophers to human geographers.

Precedented Environmental Futures

Precedented Environmental Futures Book
Author : Colin Porteous
Publisher : Cambridge Scholars Publishing
Release : 2019-04-17
ISBN : 1527533395
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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This book addresses the built environment through the lens of environmental architecture, and in a holistic manner. It moves gradually from psychophysiology and thinking-doing-feeling modalities, through environmental criteria to environmental modulation, concluding with a debate around mitigation and adaptation. Much use is made of re-interpreting past quotations seen as relevant for environmental architecture. No definitive conclusions are reached, but rather broad discursive messages are offered. The text will have lasting luminance for new generations involved with the built environment.

Energy Structures and Environmental Futures

Energy Structures and Environmental Futures Book
Author : Torleif Haugland,Director Department of Energy and Environmental Studies Torleif Haugland,Helge Ole Bergesen,Kjell Roland
Publisher : Clarendon Press
Release : 1998
ISBN : 9780198233602
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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The authors examine the history and prospects of the European energy sector, the impact of environmental policies on it and the regulatory structures that govern it. The period they consider ranges from the 1970s to the 2020s.

Environmental Futures

Environmental Futures Book
Author : Great Britain. Office of Science and Technology,Great Britain. Department of Trade and Industry
Publisher : Unknown
Release : 1999
ISBN : 0987650XXX
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Safe Drinking Water

Safe Drinking Water Book
Author : United States. Environmental Protection Agency. Drinking Water Committee
Publisher : Unknown
Release : 1995
ISBN : 0987650XXX
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Environmental Futures

Environmental Futures Book
Author : Technology Foresight (Program)
Publisher : Unknown
Release : 1999
ISBN : 0987650XXX
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Environmental Futures Research

Environmental Futures Research Book
Author : United States Department of Agriculture
Publisher : CreateSpace
Release : 2015-01-02
ISBN : 9781505847208
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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These papers, presented in a special session at the International Symposium on Society and Resource Management in June 2011, explore the transdisciplinary fi eld of futures research and its application to long-range environmental analysis, planning, and policy. Futures research began in the post-World War II era and has emerged as a mature research fi eld. Although the future of complex social-ecological systems cannot be predicted, these papers show how futures research can offer perspectives and methods that help researchers, decisionmakers, and other stakeholders explore alternative futures and gain environmental foresight-insight that can inform decisionmaking on environmental challenges. One author points out that the study of the future can be thought of as the study of change. He discusses three types of futures: the expected future, a range of plausible alternatives, and the preferred future, which decisionmakers can shape depending on their choice of action. An example of the methodology of futures research is provided in another chapter, which illustrates the use of scenario development. Another chapter identifi es global trends that could dramatically change social-ecological systems.

Conjuring Property

Conjuring Property Book
Author : Jeremy M. Campbell
Publisher : University of Washington Press
Release : 2015-12-21
ISBN : 0295806192
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Winner of the 2017 James M. Blaut Award from the Cultural and Political Ecology Specialty Group of the Association of American GeographersHonorable Mention for the 2016 Book Prize from the Association for Political and Legal Anthropology Since the 1960s, when Brazil first encouraged large-scale Amazonian colonization, violence and confusion have often accompanied national policies concerning land reform, corporate colonization, indigenous land rights, environmental protection, and private homesteading. Conjuring Property shows how, in a region that many perceive to be stateless, colonists - from highly capitalized ranchers to landless workers - adopt anticipatory stances while they await future governance intervention regarding land tenure. For Amazonian colonists, property is a dynamic category that becomes salient in the making: it is conjured through papers, appeals to state officials, and the manipulation of landscapes and memories of occupation. This timely study will be of interest to development studies scholars and practitioners, conservation ecologists, geographers, and anthropologists.

Beyond the Horizon

Beyond the Horizon Book
Author : United States. Environmental Futures Committee
Publisher : Unknown
Release : 1995
ISBN : 0987650XXX
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Environmental Futures in Central and Eastern Europe

Environmental Futures in Central and Eastern Europe Book
Author : Hugh Williams
Publisher : Unknown
Release : 1993
ISBN : 0987650XXX
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Hydrohumanities

Hydrohumanities Book
Author : Kim De Wolff,Rina C. Faletti,Ignacio Lopez-Calvo
Publisher : Univ of California Press
Release : 2021-12-21
ISBN : 0520380452
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Introduction : hydrohumanities / Kim De Wolff and Rina C. Faletti I. -- The agency of water and the Canal du Midi / Chandra Mukerji -- Winnipeg's aspirational port and the future of Arctic shipping (the geo-cultural version) / Stephanie C. Kane -- Radical water / Irene Klaver -- Water, extractivism, biopolitics, and Latin American indigeneity in Arguedas's Los ríos profundos and Potdevin's Palabrero / Ignacio López-Calvo and Hugo A. López Chavolla -- Water as the medium of measurement : mapping global oceans in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries / Penelope Hardy -- Aquapelagic malolos : Island-water imaginaries in Coastal Bulacan, Philippines / Kale Bantigue Fajardo -- The invisible sinking surface: hydrogeology, fieldwork, and photography in California / Rina C. Faletti -- Irrigated gardens of the Indus River Basin : toward a cultural model for water resource management / James Wescoat and Abubakr Muhammed -- Leadership in principle : uniting nations to recognize the cultural value of water / Veronica Strang.

Environmental Futures

Environmental Futures Book
Author : Joseph Alcamo
Publisher : Elsevier Science
Release : 2008
ISBN : 9780444532930
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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This title sums up the current practice of environmental scenario analysis and proposes directions for improving its quality and effectiveness. Chapters are written by a group of scenario experts and provide a starting basis for first-time scenario practitioners, as well as a collection of new ideas on improving scenario practice.

Environmental Futures Research

Environmental Futures Research Book
Author : United States. Forest Service. Northern Research Station
Publisher : Unknown
Release : 2012
ISBN : 0987650XXX
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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These papers, presented in a special session at the International Symposium on Society and Resource Management in June 2011, explore the transdisciplinary field of futures research and its application to long-range environmental analysis, planning, and policy. Futures research began in the post-World War II era and has emerged as a mature research field. Although the future of complex social-ecological systems cannot be predicted, these papers show how futures research can offer perspectives and methods that help researchers, decisionmakers, and other stakeholders explore alternative futures and gain environmental foresight--insight that can inform decisionmaking on environmental challenges. One author points out that the study of the future can be thought of as the study of change. He discusses three types of futures: the expected future, a range of plausible alternatives, and the preferred future, which decisionmakers can shape depending on their choice of action. An example of the methodology of futures research is provided in another chapter, which illustrates the use of scenario development. Another chapter identifies global trends that could dramatically change social-ecological systems. The second half of the collection applies the methods and approaches of futures research to natural resource management. A global and a regional scenario illustrate scenario planning, a methodology that produces sets of plausible futures that could develop from current conditions depending on alternative human choices and drivers of change. Another example demonstrates how analysts can incorporate global scenarios and modeling, and scoping of trends and issues, into forest inventory data to gain insight into the regional forests of tomorrow. A chapter on linking global scenarios with assessments of U.S. natural resources as required under the Resources Planning Act considers both opportunities and challenges. Lessons learned from an analysis of futures research conducted since the 1970s at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency are also offered. These papers suggest that the perspectives and methods of futures research hold great potential for developing the foresight needed to meet environmental challenges of the 21st century.

Environmental Changes

Environmental Changes Book
Author : Céline Granjou
Publisher : Elsevier
Release : 2016-02-20
ISBN : 008101063X
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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This book addresses environmental changes and how they reconfigure society’s relationship to the future. It argues that Man does not build “his future alone: instead, environmental changes are also proof of the future-making capacity of non-human beings. The author elaborates on the notion of the futures of Nature by drawing on theoretical contributions by recent ground-breaking literature in the field of environmental humanities. The book also builds on a sociological investigation into the practices implemented by environmental scientists, experts and managers confronted with environmental changes. Thinking of nature in terms of its futures requires us to overcome the rooted philosophical tradition that associates nature with permanence and society with creative change. This is a daunting task which can only be successful if we look beyond the long-lasting influence of the human-centered categories of innovation, development and civilization that social sciences have themselves contributed to coining. We need to consider the active capacities of change and transformation of living beings and matter itself. This book is of academic interest, but is also for managers in different fields and areas affected by environmental changes. Featuring a focus on the notion of future and the aim to locate an approach for the future in sociology Elaborates on the notion of “more than human futures (drawing on S. Whatmore’s words) Offers grounded and detailed insights into three case-study examples

Environmental Futures Planning

Environmental Futures Planning Book
Author : Pennsylvania. Department of Environmental Protection
Publisher : Unknown
Release : 2002
ISBN : 0987650XXX
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Reachable Futures Structural Change and the Practical Credibility of Environmental Simulation Models

Reachable Futures  Structural Change  and the Practical Credibility of Environmental Simulation Models Book
Author : Olufemi O. Osidele
Publisher : Universal-Publishers
Release : 2002-03
ISBN : 1581121474
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Simulation modeling is arguably the most versatile scientific tool for predicting the future environment. However, the reliability of model-based predictions is limited to the behavior domain defined by the historical data employed for conceptualizing and calibrating the model. Future changes in external inputs and internal structure tend to produce system behavior significantly different from prior predictions. To abate this seeming lack of credibility, it is now customary to qualify model predictions with uncertainty estimates. This dissertation explores the complementary approach of back-casting future scenarios. Centered on the analysis of uncertainty, a methodological framework is developed for the computational evaluation of environmental futures, driven by stakeholder participation as a means for establishing credibility in the model. The analysis reveals possible structural change between the observed past and speculated future scenarios by comparing the ranking of key sources of uncertainty in model outputs. Three sampling-based methods are employed: Regionalized Sensitivity Analysis (RSA), Tree-Structured Density Estimation (TSDE), and Uniform Covering by Probabilistic Rejection (UCPR). RSA and TSDE are tested for identifying and ranking the key factors that influence ecological behavior in Lake Oglethorpe, Georgia, and UCPR, for recovering parameters of a rainfall-runoff model of an experimental watershed near Loch Ard, Scotland. The framework is applied to an integrated assessment of ecological behavior in Lake Lanier, Georgia. Stakeholders' fears and desires for the future state of the reservoir are elicited and encoded for analysis. The results indicate: (i) that the desired future is more reachable, and accompanied by more significant structural change, than the feared future, and (ii) that sediment-water-nutrient interactions, secondary production, and microbial processes play a critical role in the future ecological behavior of the reservoir. Thus, it is possible to: (i) confirm or refute stakeholder concerns for the future environment, (ii) inform priorities for future environmental policy actions, (iii) identify critical gaps in current knowledge, in order to prioritize future scientific research, and (iv) promote adaptive community learning, through the continual mutual feedback between scenario-generation and systematic analysis. By bridging the gap between stakeholder imagination and scientific theory, through computational analysis, the framework provides a promising direction for integrated environmental assessment.

Environmental Responses

Environmental Responses Book
Author : Andrew Blowers,Steve Hinchliffe
Publisher : John Wiley & Sons
Release : 2003-09-11
ISBN : 9780470850053
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Climate change, urban congestion, nuclear waste, deforestation, destruction of wildlife - how can we respond to these and the many other environmental problems that the world faces today? Can we trust the experts? Does technology have the answers? Should we look to governments or to markets to solve the problems? Are political solutions possible? Should we be optimistic or pessimistic about the environmental futures? To address these questions we need to look at environmental responses in an integrated way. This includes understanding the responses of environments to change, and the responses to those changes made by societies. Environmental Responses takes an innovative interdisciplinary approach to understanding the risks and uncertainties that inform our responses to environments. Featuring places such as Lake Baikal, Andalusia, Cumbria and Bhutan the book is richly illustrated drawing on examples from across the world. Among the issues covered are: * how we might deal with environmental risk in conditions of scientific and political uncertainty * the need to understand the technical, economic and political responses to environmental change * finding new ways of involving citizens in decisions affecting environmental futures * the prospects for achieving sustainable forms of development Environmental Responses is the final book in a series entitled Environment: Change, Contest and Response that forms a large part of an Open University interdisciplinary course on environmental matters. The other books in the series are:Understanding Environmental Issues Changing Environments Contested Environments