Sustainability and the robust delivery of resources

A. Kharrazi, M. Yarime, G. Trencher

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Abstract

Sustainability as a concept has multiple disparate perspectives stemming from different related disciplines which either maintain ambiguous interpretations or concentrate on metrics pertaining to single aspects of a system. An ecological information-based approach is a holistic measurement which examines the robustness of flows as an important aspect of sustainability. This paper evaluates this approach by applying it to four economic resource trade flow networks. From the perspective of biomimicry, it appears that these networks can achieve higher levels of efficiency without weakening their robustness to resource delivery.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEnvironmental Impact II
PublisherWITPress
Pages543-550
Number of pages8
Volume181
ISBN (Print)9781845647629
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014 Jan 1
Externally publishedYes
Event2nd International Conference on Environmental and Economic Impact on Sustainable Development, Incorporating Environmental Economics, Toxicology and Brownfields, EID 2014 - Ancona, Italy
Duration: 2014 May 142014 May 16

Other

Other2nd International Conference on Environmental and Economic Impact on Sustainable Development, Incorporating Environmental Economics, Toxicology and Brownfields, EID 2014
CountryItaly
CityAncona
Period14/5/1414/5/16

Keywords

  • Ecological information theory
  • Economic resource networks
  • Indicators
  • Robustness
  • Sustainability

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Science(all)

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