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Applied Environmental Economics : GIS Approach to Cost-benefit Analysis

Applied Environmental Economics : GIS Approach to Cost-benefit Analysis - 05 edition

Applied Environmental Economics : GIS Approach to Cost-benefit Analysis - 05 edition

ISBN13: 9780511057762

ISBN10: 0511057768

Applied Environmental Economics : GIS Approach to Cost-benefit Analysis by Ian J. Bateman, Andrew A. Lovett and Julii S. Brainard - ISBN 9780511057762
Edition: 05
Copyright: 2005
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Published: 2005
International: No
Applied Environmental Economics : GIS Approach to Cost-benefit Analysis by Ian J. Bateman, Andrew A. Lovett and Julii S. Brainard - ISBN 9780511057762

ISBN13: 9780511057762

ISBN10: 0511057768

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Summary

The complex real-world interactions between the economy and the environment form both the focus of and main barrier to applied research within the field of environmental economics. However, geographical information systems (GIS) allow economists to tackle such complexity head on by directly incorporating diverse datasets into applied research rather than resorting to simplifying and often unrealistic assumptions. This innovative book applies GIS techniques to spatial cost-benefit analysis of a complex and topical land use change problem - the conversion of agricultural land to multipurpose woodland - looking in detail at issues such as opportunity costs, timber yield, recreation, carbon storage, etc., and embracing cost-cutting themes such as the evaluation of environmental preferences and the spatial transfer of benefit functions.

  • First full length analysis of the potential of GIS in environmental and resource economics
  • Inter-disciplinary appeal - economists, GIS specialists and environmental management
  • Technical level accessible to all numerate graduate students with lots of real life examples and strong policy relevance