Research on net energy
contributions of alternative energy sources. The research resulted in
a bill introduced in the US Senate to include net energy calculations
in all new energy proposals
Research evaluating Florida
energy policies including net emergy evaluations of alternative energy
sources and recommendations for sustainable energy systems in the
Evaluation of the
sustainability of shrimp mariculture in Ecuador.
Evaluation of sustainable
development and public policy options for Papua New Guinea.
Evaluation of hydroelectric
dam proposals on the Mekong River.
Evaluation of the
environmental impacts and costs and benefits of the Exxon Valdez oil
spill in Alaska.
Evaluation of development
patterns and public policy options leading to guidelines for
sustainable development of the coastal zone of Nayarit, Mexico.
Evaluation of issues related
to international trade and resource utilization in Mexico's Sea of
Evaluation and development of
indices of sustainable development in the Amazon Basin.
Development of Landscape Development Intensity (LDI) Coefficients for Wetlands in Little Bayou Meto Watershed in Lower Arkansas. Project funded by Arkansas Soil and Water Conservation Commission. The project developed an appropriate land use classification scheme from existing Land use/land cover, collected energy and material flow data and calculated empower densities for land use classes, and developed LDI coefficients for land use classes from empower densities.
Evaluation of Natural Capital and Environmental Services of U.S.
National Forests Using Emergy Synthesis. Funded by the USDA Forest
Service. The project is to evaluated natural capital and
environmental services of the 191 million acres of the National Forest
System of the U.S.A. using the concepts and methods of systems ecology
and EMERGY (spelled with an "m") synthesis. The main storages (timber,
other biomass, soils, wildlife, and economic assets) and the main
ecological processes (gross primary production, nutrient cycling and
capture, water and air quality regulation) were evaluated using an
Environmental Accounting and Systems Synthesis of Land Management Interventions at Multiple Scales in the Sahel Region of West Africa. Part of a UNEP project titled An Ecosystem Approach to Restoring West African Drylands and Improving Rural Livelihoods through Agroforestry-based Land Management Interventions. M.T Brown and M. Cohen Principle Investigators. Synthesis report: Environmental Accounting of National Economic Systems of West African Dryland Countries within a Global Context. Synthesis report: Maintaining Ecosystem Services for Rural Livelihoods in the Sahel.
Clean Energy for Florida Transportation: Assessment of Greenhouse Gas Emissions for Selected Renewable Fuels. Funded by: Florida Energy and Climate Commission, Executive Office of the Governor. A study to evaluate the life-cycle greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions associated with ethanol used as a transportation fuel to develop a requirement that all renewable fuels introduced into commerce in Florida reduce life-cycle greenhouse gas emissions.
Integrating emergy into Life Cycle Assessment: A Case Study of Gold Mining. Emergy is used as a measure of resource use in a Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) of gold-silver bullion production at the doré mine in Peru. This project demonstrates how emergy can be used in a conventional LCA and how it is uniquely measures long-term sustainability. Principal Investigator: Wesley Ingwersen.
A Life Cycle Assessment of pineapple production in Costa Rica. An LCA of the pineapple sector in Costa Rica to serve as the baseline for rules for a quantitative environmental label of pineapple. This project builds on a project investigating the potential of developing a national program for this type of environmental label in Costa Rica, sponsored by the UF Law Conservation Clinic. Principal investigator: Wesley Ingwersen
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