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Quantifying Sustainable Development The Future of Tropical Economies

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ISBN-10: 0123188601

ISBN-13: 9780123188601

Edition: 3rd 2000

Authors: Charles A. S. Hall, Gregoire Leclerc, Carlos Leon Perez, Patrick Van Laake

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This text covers the conditions of the developing tropics, the resistance of some of their problems to earlier solutions, and the use of new tools to develop a much more comprehensive framework for analysis and decision-making.
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Book details

List price: $146.00
Edition: 3rd
Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: Elsevier Science & Technology Books
Publication date: 6/28/2000
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 761
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 2.530
Language: English

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Contributors
Foreword
Preface
Introduction: The Tropics--Paradise Imperiled?
The Changing Tropics
Introduction
The Industrialization of Agriculture
The Increasing Need for Foreign Exchange
Tropical Environmental Issues and Their Economic Consequences
Has Development Failed?
Was Conventional Economics the Wrong Tool to Guide Development?
Sustainable Development, the New Silver Bullet
References
A Brief Historical and Visual Introduction to Costa Rica
Costa Rica, Green Paradise?
A Historical Perspective on Costa Rica and Its Economy
The Effects of Foreign Aid and Loans
Costa Rica in the 1990s--Radical Changes in the Country and the Economy
Conclusions
References
Development and Sustainability
The Theories and Myths That Have Guided Development
The Economic Issues
The Lure of Sustainable Development
The Central Question of This Book
Some Important History about the Development of Economics
Biophysical Economics
References
Data on Sustainability in Costa Rica: Time Series Analysis of Population, Land Use, Economics, Energy, and Efficiency
Introduction
Methods
Results
Discussion
Conclusions
References
Land, Energy, and Agricultural Production in Costa Rica
Introduction
Assessing the Food Production Capacity of Costa Rica
Simulation Results
What This Means for the Future
Conclusions
References
Adding a Spatial Dimension: Tools for Dynamic Geographical Analysis
The Derivation and Analysis of National-Level Geographical Information: A New Model for Accessibility and an Easy-to-Use Micro GIS Program
Introduction
A Plan to Generate National-Level Data Bases
Our Plan to Provide a Uniform Format for Costa Rican Geographical Data
Development of Mean Environmental Characteristics for Each Political Unit
A Free Micro GIS Program
References
Geographical Modeling: The Synthesis of a GIS and Simulation Modeling
The Concepts behind Land Use Decision Making
Tools for Analysis
Applying Gradient Analysis through Geographical Modeling to Costa Rica
Models and Policymaking
References
Building a Geographical Database for Costa Rica
Developing a Nationwide Topographical Database
Introduction
Construction of the Topographical Database
Generating Derivatives of the DEM
Potential Uses in Sustainability Assessment
References
Synthesis of Costa Rican Meteorological Information in a Geographical Context
Introduction
Methodology--An Overview
Methods We Used to Compute Costa Rican Digital Climate Maps
Results
Discussion--Validating the Accuracy of the Generated Maps
Conclusions
References
Properties, Geographic Distribution, and Management of Major Soil Orders of Costa Rica
Introduction
Historical Perspective
Classifying Costa Rica's Diverse Soils
Conclusions
References
Remote Sensing and Land Use Analysis for Agriculture in Costa Rica
Introduction
Application of Remote Sensing to Assessing Forest Cover and Land Use Change in Costa Rica
Analysis of Crops
The Future of Costa Rican Institutions Developing Remote Sensing Applications
Conclusion
References
Application to Sustainability Issues for Costa Rica's Natural Resources
Temporal and Spatial Overview of Costa Rican Agricultural Production
Introduction
Trends in Land Use and Agricultural Yield
The Geography of Agriculture
An Energy Flow Analysis of Agricultural Productivity in Costa Rica
Conclusion
References
Biophysical Agricultural Assessment and Management Models for Developing Countries
Introduction
Model 1: ALES Land Use Potential Evaluation System
Model 2: DSSAT Crop Simulation Models
Discussion
Conclusions
References
Geographical Synthesis of Data on Costa Rican Pastures and Their Potential for Improvement
Introduction
Pastures
Economic Issues
Conclusion
References
The Extent and Economic Impacts of Soil Erosion in Costa Rica
Introduction
Literature Review
Methods
Results
Discussion
Conclusions
References
Land Use and Cover Change in Costa Rica: A Geographic Perspective
Introduction
Overview of Past and Present Remote Sensing and GIS Studies in Costa Rica
Methods
Results
Discussion
Conclusions
References
Gradient Analysis of Biomass in Costa Rica and a First Estimate of Countrywide Emissions of Greenhouse Gases from Biomass Burning
Introduction
Methods
Results and Discussion
Conclusions
References
Forestry in Costa Rica and an Estimate of Energy Potentially Available from Forests
Introduction
Use of Costa Rican Forests and the Forestry Industry
Could the Forest Provide the Energy That Costa Rica Needs for Its Economy?
Discussion
References
Assessing the Role of Parks for Protecting Forest Resources Using GIS and Spatial Modeling
Introduction
Using a GIS to Assess the Quality of National Parklands
Using Spatial Modeling to Assess Resistance to Land Use Change
Conclusions
References
Biophysical Analysis of Major Components of the Economy
The Costa Rican Banana Industry: Can It Be Sustainable?
Introduction
The Present Role of the Banana Industry in the Costa Rican Economy
Toward a Sustainable Banana Production Future
Visions and Goals
References
The Costa Rican Coffee Industry
Introduction
How Sustainable Is Sustainable? A Biophysical Perspective
Why Areas with Suboptimal Growing Conditions Get Higher Selling Prices: A Case Study in the West Central Valley
Land Use Changes
Summary and Conclusions
References
Costa Rican Industry: Characteristics, History, and Potential for Sustainability
Introduction
The History of the Costa Rican Industrial Sector
Will Emerging Industries Be Any Different?
Sustainability of the Costa Rican Industrial Sector
References
The Internationalization of the Costa Rican Economy: A Two-Edged Sword
Introduction
Results
Discussion
Conclusion
References
An Assessment of the Effectiveness of Structural Adjustment Policies in Costa Rica
The Costa Rican Strategy of Export-Led Growth
Discussion: The Political Implications of Structural Adjustment Policies
References
Comparative Estimates of Sustainability: Economic, Resource Base, Ecological Footprint, and Emergy
Introduction
Summary from Other Chapters of This Book
Calculating the Ecological Footprint of Costa Rica: Does Costa Rica Fit inside Costa Rica?
Emergy, Foreign Trade, and Carrying Capacity in Costa Rica
Results and Discussion of Emergy Analysis
Summary and Conclusions
References
The Myth of Sustainable Development
The Impossibility of Sustainable Development
Why Conventional Development Does Not Work
Conclusion: There Is Hope
References
Low-Cost Mapmaking
A Free Micro GIS Program
Appendix III
Index