Environmental Assessment of Anthropogenic Impact through the Patterns of Ecosystem Stress Reactions

By Peter A. Khaiter and Marina G. Erechtchoukova.

Published by The Sustainability Collection

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The paper discusses contemporary problems of anthropogenic pressure onto natural ecosystems and the related issues of environmental assessment. A novel approach to environmental assessment of human impact onto ecological systems is presented. It is based on an idea of the commonality in the ecosystem reactions to various kinds of exogenous disturbances. Based on a classical notion of an ecological system, a classification of exogenous disturbances is given. A topology of the possible patterns in ecosystem stress dynamics is suggested. A practical application for the procedures of environmental assessment is demonstrated.

Keywords: Environmental Assessment, Anthropogenic Impact, Ecosystem Reactions, Stress Dynamics, Exogenous Disturbances, Sustainable Development

The International Journal of Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability, Volume 3, Issue 4, pp.181-190. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 677.736KB).

Prof. Peter A. Khaiter

Assistant Professor, Atkinson Faculty of Liberal and Professional Studies, York University, Toronto, Canada

Dr. Khaiter is an Assistant Professor of Information Technology in the J.F. Atkinson Faculty of Liberal and Professional Studies, York University, Canada. He received his BS and MS degrees in Economic Cybernetics, MS in Environmental Studies and PhD in Mathematical Modelling/Information Technology. Author of 50 research papers. Fields of work: sustainable development, socio-economic and ecological systems, economic valuation and management of natural resources, environmental economics, mathematical modelling of complex systems, information systems for environmental monitoring and sustainable management.

Prof. Marina G. Erechtchoukova

Atkinson Faculty of Liberal and Professional Studies, York University, Canada

Dr. Erechtchoukova is an Assistant Professor of Information Technology in the J.F. Atkinson Faculty of Liberal and Professional Studies, York University, Canada. She received her BS and MS degrees in Applied Mathematics and PhD in Computer Science. Author of more than 40 research papers. Fields of work: application of information technology for sustainable environmental resource management, data-driven and model-driven decision support, simulation modeling for environmental assessment.

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