383 pages | 33 Color Illus. | 40 B/W Illus.
Based on 40 years of experience, Integrated Environmental Management: A Transdisciplinary Approach brings together many ecological and technological tool boxes and applies them in a transdisciplinary method. The book demonstrates how to combine continuous improvement management tools and principles with proven environmental assessment methodologies. This integrated ecological and environmental management approach lets you view environmental problems from a holistic angle, considering the ecosystem as an entity as well as the entire spectrum of solutions and possible combinations of solutions.
The book discusses the importance of examining all facets or possible problems associated with an ecosystem simultaneously and evaluating all the solution possibilities proposed by the relevant disciplines at the same time. The authors underline that there is no alternative to integrated, multidisciplinary, ecological–environmental management—at least not on a long-term basis. They lay down the fundamental concepts in an applications-oriented manner that allows you to apply the seven steps of environmental management directly.
However, the book goes beyond delineating the available tool boxes; it also details how they can be integrated and combined to find an optimum solution to ecological–environmental problems.
"The structure of the book exactly meets the contents of our courses on ecosystem management in a very constructive way. It is especially interesting to use ecosystem theories as a starting point and to apply them in ecological modeling, ecological engineering, indication, assessment techniques and in the characterization of ecosystem services. We are looking forward to use it as a text book and as a source for tools within our lectures and seminars."
—Prof. Dr. Felix Müller, University of Kiel
Introduction: Integrated and Holistic Environmental Management in Seven Steps
DEFINING THE PROBLEM
Conceptual Problems That Must be Addressed to Create, Understand, and Test Environmental Management Scenarios
UNDERSTANDING THE ECOSYSTEM
Thermodynamic Properties of Ecosystems
Network Properties of Ecosystems
SOURCES AND CAUSES
The Pollution Sources and Effects
Environmental Risk Assessment and Surveying Analysis of Environmental Problems
DEVELOPING A DIAGNOSIS
Ecological/Environmental Models as Diagnostic Tools
Ecological Indicators as Diagnostic Tools
Ecosystem Services as Diagnostic Tools
TOOLS FOR SOLUTIONS OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROBLEMS
Application of Environmental Technology in Environmental Management
Application of Ecotechnology and Ecological Engineering in Environmental Management
Application of Cleaner Production in Environmental Management
Application of Environmental Legislation in Environmental Management
IMPLEMENTATION OF ECOLOGICAL MANAGEMENT TOOLS AND FOLLOW THE RECOVERY PROCESS
Bringing into Action
Are the Applied Management Tools Working?