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This book applies system theory to analyze the operation and structure of the complex earth surface system, including the interactions between society and nature that cause environmental degradation and threats to human populations. The possible ways to harmonize the operation of a global society as a complex system using the United Nation sustainable development goals are investigated, as well as the major efforts currently implemented to achieve this objective and why many are unsuccessful. Readers will learn this material through case studies that assess the essential conditions required to occupy a planet sustainably, and examine the complex interactions between society and nature in the atmosphere, hydrosphere, biosphere, and outer layers of the lithosphere. The book is written for undergraduate students in geography, earth sciences, environmental sciences, and ecology, and will also appeal to environmental agency employees, nature protection representatives, teachers, and researchers.
|Publication date:||20th November 2019|
|Author:||Attila Kerenyi, Richard William McIntosh|
|Publisher:||Springer Nature Switzerland AG|
|Categories:||Sustainability, Human geography, Physical geography & topography, Computer modelling & simulation, Climate change,|
Dr. Attila Kerenyi is an Emeritus Professor in the Department of Landscape Protection and Environmental Geography at the University of Debrecen. He has over 150 publications in peer reviewed journals, and his main research interests include geomorphology, soil erosion processes, and environmental and landscape protection. Dr. Richard William McIntosh is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Mineralogy and Geology at the University of Debrecen. His research interests include structural geology, geological mapping, and sustainable geothermal energy.More About Attila Kerenyi, Richard William McIntosh