Environmental Modeling for Sustainable Regional Development: System Approaches and Advanced Methods

Environmental Modeling for Sustainable Regional Development: System Approaches and Advanced Methods

Vladimír Olej (University of Pardubice, Czech Republic), Ilona Obršálová (University of Pardubice, Czech Republic), and Jirí Krupka (University of Pardubice, Czech Republic)
Release Date: November, 2010|Copyright: © 2011 |Pages: 492
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60960-156-0
ISBN13: 9781609601560|ISBN10: 1609601564|EISBN13: 9781609601584
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Description:

Understanding the advancement of sustainable development is critical to managing human activities to avoid the overexploitation of resources and pollution of the environment beyond tolerable levels. Sustainable development involves not only preservation and care of the environment, but also recognition of the complex relations between economic, social and living systems.

Environmental Modeling for Sustainable Regional Development: System Approaches and Advanced Methods presents processing methods and their applications, which are practical for decision making and task management at the regional level as well as for scientific studies in sustainable development assessment. This book serves as a reference guide for post-graduate students in the field of management as well as a critical guide for managers, government officials, and information professionals.

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The many academic areas covered in this publication include, but are not limited to:

  • Air quality assessment
  • Air quality modeling approaches
  • Data envelopment analysis in environmental technologies
  • Evolutionary computation and machine learning models
  • Irrigation water demand
  • Modeling regional economic development
  • Quality of life modeling at the regional level
  • Regional economic performance and environmental quality
  • Regional risks assessment
  • Wastewater systems management
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This book may serve as a reference guide for post-graduate students in the field of management as well as, a critical guide for managers, government officials, and information professionals. Each chapter provides references to the cited literature along with suggestions for further reading. The described methods and case studies may be particularly useful for policy makers searching for alternative solutions for problems in regional sustainable development, taking into account socio-economic and environmental dimensions in a system integrated approach. The text is also suitable for use by educators as comprehensive tutorial literature or as complementary material for associated professionals and researchers.

– Vladimír Olej, University of Pardubice, Czech Republic; Ilona Obršálová, University of Pardubice, Czech Republic; and Jirí Krupka, University of Pardubice, Czech Republic
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Vladimír Olej (prof. MSc. CSc.) was born in Poprad, Slovakia, in 1954. He graduated from the Faculty of Electrical Engineering of the Slovak Technical University in Bratislava in 1979. From 1979 to 1982 he worked for the company TESLA Liptovský Hrádok in the Department of Mechanization and Automation of Production. From 1982 to 1997 he worked at the Technical University in Liptovský Mikuláš as a lecturer in computers and artificial intelligence in the Department of Informatics and Computer Sciences. There he defended his doctoral thesis in 1987 and was an Associate professor (1991) at this department. From 1997 to 2002 he worked at the Matej Bel University, Faculty of Finance and Department of Information Systems in Banská Bystrica as a lecturer of artificial intelligence. Since 2001 he has been a professor in the branch of Technical Cybernetics at Technical University of Ostrava, Czech Republic. Since 2002 he is working as a professor with the Institute of System Engineering and Informatics at the University of Pardubice. He has published a number of papers concerning fuzzy logic, neural networks, genetic algorithms and methods of analysis and synthesis of parallel computers.
Ilona Obršálova (MSc.,PhD. Institute of Chemical Technology Prague) is an Asoc. Professor of the Faculty of Economics and Administration, University of Pardubice, Czech Republic. Her research work is focused on environmental economics and management; especially environmental damages valuation, environmental efficiency, environmental impacts assessment and sustainable development modeling. She has been engaged in many national (currently ´Sustainable development indicators and modeling of relations among economics, environment and social connections´) and international projects. She is author and co-author of many publications in national and international journals, conference contributions and national and international textbooks.

Jiří Křupka, Assoc. Prof., MSc., PhD. was born in Prostějov (Czech Republic) in 1962. He graduated from the Military Technical University in Liptovský Mikuláš in 1985. From 1985 till 1990 he worked in the Department of Technical Support System’s and Automation. From 1990 till 2004 he worked as a lecturer in automation control and support systems at the Military Academy in Liptovský Mikuláš. There he finished his doctoral thesis in 1995 and habilitated in 1997. Since 2004 he has been associate professor at the Faculty of Economics and Administration at the University Pardubice. He has published parts of book and a number of papers concerning with fuzzy decision, fuzzy control, case based reasoning, and rough set theory. Nowadays he is focusing on modelling of environmental and social systems.

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Editorial Advisory Board
  • Peter Sincák, Technical University of Kosice, Slovakia
  • Miroslav Pokorný, Technical University of Ostrava, Czech Republic
  • Milan Turcáni, Constantine the Philosopher University in Nitra, Slovakia
  • Iva  Ritschelová, Jan Evangelista Purkyne University in Usti nad Labem, Czech Republic
  • František Božek, University of Defense, Czech Republic
  • Nikos E. Mastorakis, Technical University of Sofia, Bulgaria
  • René Pellissier, University of South Africa, South Africa
  • Peter Mikulecký, University of Hradec Kralove, Czech Republic
  • Fernando Cardoso de Sousa, University of Loulé, Portugal
  • Sergey Kostarev, Russian State University of Trade and Economics Moscow, Russia