Ecological Numeracy: Quantitative Analysis of Environmental Issues
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Master the fundamental math skills necessary to quantify andevaluate a broad range of environmental questions.

Environmental issues are often quantitative--how much land, howmany people, what amount of pollution. Computer programs areuseful, but there is no substitute for being able to use a simplecalculation to slice through to the crux of the problem. Having agrasp of how the factors interact and whether the results makesense allows one to explain and argue a point of view forcefully todiverse audiences.

With an engaging, down-to-earth style and practical problem-solvingapproach, Ecological Numeracy makes it easy to understand andmaster basic mathematical concepts and techniques that areapplicable to life-cycle assessment, energy consumption, land use,pollution generation, and a broad range of other environmentalissues. Robert Herendeen brings the numbers to life with dozens offascinating, often entertaining examples and problems.

Requiring only a moderate quantitative background, EcologicalNumeracy is a superb introduction for advanced undergraduatestudents in environmental science, planning, geography, andphysical and natural sciences. It is also a valuable professionalresource for environmental managers, regulators, andadministrators.


ROBERT A. HERENDEEN is a staff scientist with the Illinois Natural History Survey at the University of Illinois. Dr. Herendeen also holds academic positions with the Departments of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences; Urban and Regional Planning; and Ecology, Ethology, and Evolution; and with the Office of Supercomputing Applications.


Context and Acclimatization.

Contributions to Environmental Impact: Analyzing the Components ofChange.

Consequences of Exponential (Geometric) Growth.

End-Use Analysis and Predicting Future Demand.

Economic Considerations, Discount Rates, and Benefit-CostAnalysis.


Dynamics, Stocks and Flows, Age Class Effects.

Indirect Effects.

Shared Resources and the Tragedy of the Commons.

The Automobile: A Powerful Problem.

Ecological Economics and Sustainability.

Thermodynamics and Energy Efficiency.