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Environmental and sustainability indicators and the concept of situational indicators. A systems approach

Environmental and sustainability indicators and the concept of situational indicators. A systems... Through a systems approach indicators are shown to have the nature of variables, adopting different values or states, while other associated terms allude to special meanings assigned to specific values of the indicators. Practical implications are discussed. The concept of situational indicators of sustainability is introduced, representing a non-numerical function of both “pressures” or “driving forces” and “state” variables. A cost-effective multi-tiered approach to situational indicators is proposed. The concept of situational indicators is shown to be a particular case of indicators of systems behavior. A general systems formulation of the problem of sustainability highlights the importance of indicators of systems behavior and the central role of models in their definition. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Environmental Modeling & Assessment Springer Journals

Environmental and sustainability indicators and the concept of situational indicators. A systems approach

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Publisher
Springer Journals
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Subject
Environment; Math. Appl. in Environmental Science; Mathematical Modeling and Industrial Mathematics; Operations Research/Decision Theory; Applications of Mathematics
ISSN
1420-2026
eISSN
1573-2967
DOI
10.1007/BF01874899
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Abstract

Through a systems approach indicators are shown to have the nature of variables, adopting different values or states, while other associated terms allude to special meanings assigned to specific values of the indicators. Practical implications are discussed. The concept of situational indicators of sustainability is introduced, representing a non-numerical function of both “pressures” or “driving forces” and “state” variables. A cost-effective multi-tiered approach to situational indicators is proposed. The concept of situational indicators is shown to be a particular case of indicators of systems behavior. A general systems formulation of the problem of sustainability highlights the importance of indicators of systems behavior and the central role of models in their definition.

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Environmental Modeling & AssessmentSpringer Journals

Published: Jun 7, 2005

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