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Environmental Modeling for Sustainable Regional Development

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Environmental Modeling for Sustainable Regional Development: System Approaches and Advanced Methods presents processing methods and their applications, which are practical for decision making and task management at the regional level as well as for scientific studies in sustainable development assessment. This book serves as a reference guide for post-graduate students in the field of management as well as a critical guide for managers, government officials, and information professionals.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Title Page
  3. Copyright Page
  4. Editorial Advisory Board and List of Reviewers
    1. Editorial Advisory Board
    2. List of Reviewers
  5. Preface
  6. Acknowledgments
  7. Chapter 1: Large-Scale Computational Modeling for Environmental Impact Assessment
    1. Abstract
    2. INTRODUCTION
    3. BACKGROUND
    4. CONCLUSION
  8. Chapter 2: Modeling the Ecological Footprint of Nations via Evolutionary Computation and Machine Learning Models
    1. ABSTRACT
    2. INTRODUCTION
    3. LITERATURE REVIEW AND HYPOTHESES DEVELOPMENT
    4. METHODOLOGY
    5. RESULTS
    6. SELF-ORGANIZING MAPS CLUSTERING
    7. HYPOTHESES TESTING VIA BAYESIAN REGRESSION
    8. CONVERGENCE DIAGNOSTICS
    9. IMPLICATIONS AND LIMITATIONS
  9. Chapter 3: Stochastic System Dynamics Integrative Model
    1. Abstract
    2. INTRODUCTION
    3. MODELING FRAMEWORKS
    4. SSDIM MODELING FRAMEWORK
    5. PRELIMINARY RESULTS
    6. DISCUSSION
    7. CONCLUSION
  10. Chapter 4: Regional Risks Assessment
    1. Abstract
    2. INTRODUCTION
    3. THE ANALYSIS OF CURRENT STATE
    4. THE DESCRIPTION OF PROPOSED METHODS
    5. VERIFICATION OF APPLICABILITY OF THE PROPOSED METHOD
    6. FUTURE RESEARCH DIRECTIONS
    7. CONCLUSION
  11. Chapter 5: Air Quality Assessment by Neural Networks
    1. Abstract
    2. INTRODUCTION
    3. AIR QUALITY ASSESSMENT
    4. PROBLEM FORMULATION
    5. MODEL DESIGN AND MODELING METHODS
    6. KOHONEN’S SELF-ORGANIZING FEATURE MAPS
    7. Modeling and Analysis of Results
    8. CONCLUSION
  12. Chapter 6: Air Quality Modeling by Fuzzy Sets and IF-Sets
    1. ABSTRACT
    2. INTRODUCTION
    3. PROBLEM FORMULATION
    4. FUZZY SETS AND AIR QUALITY MODELING
    5. IF-SETS AND AIR QUALITY MODELING
    6. IF-RELATIONS AND AIR QUALITY MODELING
    7. CONCLUSION
  13. Chapter 7: Air Quality Modeling and Metamodeling Approach
    1. ABSTRACT
    2. INTRODUCTION
    3. PROBLEM FORMULATION
    4. SELECTED ALGORITHM OF DECISION TREES
    5. MODELS CREATION AND EVALUATION
    6. FUTURE RESEARCH DIRECTION
    7. CONCLUSION
  14. Chapter 8: Modeling the Influences of Heating Fuel Consumption in Gaseous Emissions and Solid Waste Generation
    1. Abstract
    2. INTRODUCTION
    3. BACKGROUND
    4. A BRIEF OVERVIEW OF THE ENERGY SECTOR AND ITS RELATED ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS IN THE CZECH REPUBLIC
    5. MAIN HEATING FUELS USED IN THE CZECH REPUBLIC
    6. MATERIALS FLOW ANALYSIS AND MODELING
    7. CASE STUDY
    8. CONCLUSION
  15. Chapter 9: Wastewater Systems Management at the Regional Level
    1. ABSTRACT
    2. INTRODUCTION
    3. PLANNING MODELS FOR WASTEWATER SYSTEMS
    4. MANAGEMENT MODELS FOR WASTEWATER SYSTEMS
    5. FUTURE DEVELOPMENTS FOR WASTEWATER SYSTEMS PROBLEMS
    6. CONCLUSION
  16. Chapter 10: Estimation of Irrigation Water Demand on a Regional Scale
    1. Abstract
    2. INTRODUCTION AND OBJECTIVES
    3. RELATED WORKS
    4. CASE STUDY AREA
    5. METHODOLOGY
    6. RESULTS
    7. CONCLUSION
  17. Chapter 11: A Spatial Multicriteria Decision Analysis to Manage Sewage Sludge Application on Agricultural Soils
    1. ABSTRACT
    2. INTRODUCTION
    3. SEWAGE SLUDGE MANAGEMENT
    4. MULTICRITERIA DECISION ANALYSIS
    5. SPATIAL MULTICRITERIA DECISION ANALYSIS IMPLEMENTATION
    6. GENERAL FRAMEWORK
    7. CASE STUDY
    8. CONCLUSIONS AND FUTURE TRENDS
  18. Chapter 12: Data Envelopment Analysis in Environmental Technologies
    1. Abstract
    2. INTRODUCTION
    3. OVERVIEW OF THE DATA ENVELOPMENT ANALYSIS
    4. CASE STUDIES
  19. Chapter 13: Modeling of the Economic Development of a Region
    1. ABSTRACT
    2. INTRODUCTION
    3. MACROECONOMIC INDICATORS USED IN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT EVALUATION
    4. MODELING OF ECONIMIC REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT
    5. SOLUTIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS
    6. FUTURE RESEARCH DIRECTIONS
    7. CONCLUSION
  20. Chapter 14: Economic Performance and Environmental Quality at the Regional Level
    1. ABSTRACT
    2. INTRODUCTION
    3. BACKGROUND
    4. MODELING OF DEPLETION ADJUSTED REGIONAL MACRO AGGREGATES
    5. FUTURE RESEARCH DIRECTIONS
    6. CONCLUSION
  21. Chapter 15: Economic Concepts, Methods, and Tools for Risk Analysis in Forestry under Climate Change
    1. ABSTRACT
    2. INTRODUCTION
    3. CLIMATE CHANGE AND FORESTS
    4. ECONOMIC CONCEPTS
    5. STATISTICAL CONCEPTS
    6. RISK MODELS
    7. CONCLUSION
  22. Chapter 16: Remote Sensing of Bush Encroachment on Commercial Cattle Farms in Semi-Arid Rangelands in Namibia
    1. Abstract
    2. INTRODUCTION
    3. BACKGROUND
    4. MATERIAL AND METHODS
    5. RESULTS
    6. DISCUSSION
    7. CONCLUSION
  23. Chapter 17: Modeling the Effects of the Quality of the Environment on the Health of a Selected Population
    1. Abstract
    2. INTRODUCTION
    3. THEORETICAL BACKGROUND
    4. EXPERIMENTS METHODS AND ANALYSIS
    5. FUTURE RESEARCH DIRECTIONS
    6. CONCLUSION
  24. Chapter 18: Modeling and Understanding the Interrelationship between Natural Resource Extraction, Poverty and Inequality
    1. ABSTRACT
    2. INTRODUCTION
    3. FOREST RESOURCES, POVERTY AND INEQUALITY: A REVIEW
    4. ANALYTICAL FRAMEWORK
    5. EMPIRICAL RESULTS
    6. CONCLUSIONS AND POLICY ISSUES
  25. Chapter 19: Quality of Life Modeling at the Regional Level
    1. Abstract
    2. INTRODUCTION
    3. PROBLEM FORMULATION
    4. DATA DESCRIPTION AND PREPROCESSING
    5. CLASSIFICATION MODELS
    6. FUTURE RESEARCH DIRECTION
    7. CONCLUSION
  26. Compilation of References
  27. About the Contributors
  28. Index