This book fills a gap in the literature on environmental sustainability by addressing the topic from the perspective of social and economic development. Progress in understanding and achieving sustainability requires the integration of scientific, social, economic, and legal issues. Yet progress in understanding and achieving sustainability will only be achieved through integration of scientific, social, economic, and legal aspects. A treatise on environmental sustainability should raise the current state of knowledge by proposing and recommending decision-making efforts and breaking new ground with agendas aimed for the younger generation. These younger scientists will be confronted with future uncertainty related to the set of crises that characterize the 21st Century (e.g. ecological, social, food, energy, environmental, climatic, financial, etc.). Currently, there are a number of indicators that demonstrate that ecological conditions are being compromised globally. These include reduced primary productivity, reduction in biological complexity, spreading pollution such as eutrophication, ecological degradation in any continental/basin/coastal/sea ecosystem, reduction in biodiversity, lowered resilience and slow recovery of damaged ecosystems, and reduced ecological integrity. All of these problems are related to social and economic pressure. The challenge for most ecological systems is not only to establish the baseline for current ecosystem conditions, but also to explore options for recovery and sustainability. The latter involves ecological restoration where ecosystem and environmental services are maintained and enhanced. These services are essential to social integration and economic development. This book not only introduces a theoretical and conceptual framework for the topic, but also analyses the uncertainty for sustainability because of dwindling natural resources. It includes contributions providing a basis for public policies, case studies integrating concepts and tools for solutions, and a set of position papers addressing new agenda topics that will shape the 21st century. The book will be useful for researchers, professors and students alike, as well as for all stakeholders from social, economic and academic sectors.
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Dr. Alejandro Yanez-Arancibia is a senior scientist and full professor at Instituto de Ecologia A.C., Mexico. His numerous awards include Membership in the Mexican Academy of Science (1983), Membership in the National Research System (1984-1998), NAGA Award (1990) from the International Center for Living Aquatic Resources Management, Philippines (now WFI Malaysia) for best scientific paper or book by a developing-country author, 1992 Distinguished Honored Professor in Marine Sciences with the Baruch Institute for Marine Biology and Coastal Research, William A. Niering Outstanding Educator Award (2007) from the Estuarine Research Federation USA (now CERF) for excellence in coastal and estuarine education and research, 2010 Thomas W. Rivers Distinguished Professorship in International Affairs. He has served as Scientific Director of EPOMEX, University of South Carolina (1992), Associate Editor for Ocean & Coastal Management (1997-2008) Dr. Raymundo Davalos Sotelo has been the Coordinator of the Environment and Sustainability Network at the Instituto de Ecologia A.C., Mexico since 2009. He has been a member of the National Research System 1985-2004 and 2006-present and has served as Head, Division of Natural Resources, Instituto de Ecologia, Mexico (1998), Coordinator for research Units, Instituto de Ecologia, Mexico (2005), Editor in Chief for Madera y Bosques INECOL (2008). Dr. John W. Day was named Distinguished and Emeritus Professor at Louisiana State University, USA in 2005. His numerous awards include: Distinguished Honored Professor in Estuarine Ecology at EPOMEX, Mexico (1993), School of the Coast & Environment Outstanding Faculty Teaching Aware at Louisiana State University (1998), International Lipsey Professional Educator Award 2000), Distinguished Visiting Professor with the Organization for Tropical Studies at the Instituto de Ecologia, Mexico (2002), William A. Niering Outstanding Educator Award (2007) from the Estuarine Research Federation USA (now CERF) for excellence in coastal and estuarine education and research. Dr. Enrique Reyes is an Associate Professor at East Carolina University, USA. His many awards include: Student Scholarship at Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (UNAM) (1985), Honors distinction in MSc Studies in Marine Sciences at UNAM (1988), Pew Charitable Trust scholarship (1991) for development of a computerized interface for resources management of a Mexican coastal system, UNAM scholarship for PhD studies in Marine Sciences at Louisiana State University (1992), Membership in Scientific Research Society, Sigma X (1992), Distinguished Visiting Professor with the Organization for Tropical Studies at the Instituto de Ecologia, Mexico (2002).
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Book Description Wit Pr/Computational Mechanics, 2013. Hardcover. Book Condition: Brand New. 1st edition. 628 pages. 9.00x6.25x1.50 inches. In Stock. Bookseller Inventory # 1845647564