9th Biennial Emergy Research Conference


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Emergy Synthesis 9: Theory and Applications of the Emergy Methodology

The Geobiosphere Emergy Baseline and Global Renewable Resources

  1. The Geobiosphere Emergy Baseline: A Synthesis
    Mark T. Brown, Daniel E. Campbell, Christopher De Vilbiss, Sergio Ulgiati
  2. Emergy Baseline for the Earth: A Historical Review of the Science and a New Calculation
    Daniel E. Campbell
  3. Assessing the Global Environmental Sources Driving the Geobiosphere: A Revised Emergy Baseline
    Mark T. Brown, Sergio Ulgiati
  4. Computing the Geobiosphere Emergy Baseline: A Novel Approach
    Chris De Vilbiss, Mark T. Brown, Eric Siegel, Sam Arden
  5. Calculating Solar Transformities of the Four Major Heat-Producing Radiogenic Isotopes in the Earth’s Crust and Mantle
    Eric Siegel, Mark T. Brown, Chris De Vilbiss, Sam Arden
  6. Emergy Assessment of Global Renewable Sources
    Mark T. Brown, Sergio Ulgiati
  7. A Reexamination of the Emergy Input to a System from the Wind
    Daniel E. Campbell, Laura E. Erban

Ecology and Ecosystem Services

  1. Monetary Valuation of Ecological Services: Comparison of Willingness to Pay versus EmDollars for Early Restoration Projects Negotiated for the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill
    Eldon C. Blancher II, Justin E. Blancher
  2. Emergy Diagnosis of Land-Use Change and Recovery Proposal for an Area in the Brazilian Cerrado
    Luz Selene Buller, Enrique Ortega, Gustavo Bayma-Silva, Ivan Bergier
  3. Revealed Social Preference for Ecosystem Services Using the Eco-Price
    Elliott T. Campbell
  4. Dynamics of Ecosystem Services Provided by Subtropical Forests in Southeast China during Succession as Measured By Donor and Receiver Value
    Hongfang Lu, Elliott T. Campbell, Daniel E. Campbell, Changwei Wang, Hai Ren
  5. Systems Ecology of Water Mouse Xeromys myoides in Port Curtis, Australia
    John McLachlan-Karr
  6. A Limit to Growth: A Drinking Water Model for the City of São Paulo
    Marina Pinho Oncken, Enrique Ortega, Mariana Paiva

Agricultural, Economic, and Social Systems

  1. Future Scenario Modelling and Resilience Indicators. A Case Study of Small-Scale Food and Energy Production in a Village in Ghana
    Andreas Kamp, Hanne Østergård
  2. Multiple-Perspective Reorganisation of the Dairy Sector: Mathematical Programming Approach
    Tina Kocjančič, Jaka Žgajnar, Luka Juvančič
  3. Characterizing of the Agroecosystem as a Component of a Traditional Product Quality by Using Emergy Synthesis. A Bi-national Geographic Indication for Argentine Central Mesopotamia Region and Brazilian Alto Camaquã Region Sheep Meat Production
    Susana Alderete Salas, Marcos Borba, Gloria Rótolo, Marcelo Champredonde
  4. Renewability and Emergy Footprint at Different Spatial Scales for Innovative Food Systems in Europe
    Christina Wright, Hanne Østergård
  5. The Emergy Perspective of Sustainable Trends in Puerto Rico from 1960 to 2013
    Alejandra M. González-Mejía, Xin (Cissy) Ma
  6. Environmentally Sound Resource Valuing for a More Sustainable International Trade. The Case of Argentine Maize
    Gloria C. Rótolo, C.A. Francis, Sergio Ulgiati
  7. Features and Evolution of International Fossil Fuel Trade Network Based on Value of Emergy
    Weiqiong Zhong, Haizhong An, Wei Fang, Xiangyun Gao, Di Dong
  8. Emergy Evaluation for Transmitting and Sustaining Shared Information during an Oral English Class
    Daniel M. Lupinacci, Silvia H. Bonilla

Built Environments and Power Generation

  1. The Varieties of Building E[m]ergy Intensity
    William W. Braham, Niccolo Benghi
  2. Towards a Visualization Framework to Evaluate the Emergy of Built Ecologies
    Naomi Keena, Mohamed Aly Etman, Nancy Diniz, Alexandra Rempel, Anna Dyson
  3. Informational Performance Evaluation of Human-Building Interaction: A Metabolic Flow-Network Analysis and Comparison with Net-Zero Energy Building (NZEB)
    Hwang Yi, William W. Braham, David Tilley, Ravi Srinivasan
  4. Emergy Applications in Urban Planning and Regenerative Systems Landscape Design
    Torbjörn Rydberg, Daniel Bergquist, Per G Berg, Per Hedfors
  5. Characterization of Heat Demand Using an Emergy-based Indicator for Sustainability Optimization
    Stefano Coss, Clement Rebillard, Vittorio Verda, Oliver Le Corre
  6. Net Emergy Assessment of Wind-Electricity Generation in the Brazilian Northeast Region
    Márcio Costa, Feni Agostinho
  7. Emergy Accounting Evaluation of Power Generation from Animal By-Products
    Remo Santagata, Maddalena Ripa, Silvio Viglia, Sergio Ulgiati

Life Cycle Analysis and Sustainability

  1. Integrating Emergy and LCA: Progress Made and Challenges Ahead
    Marco Raugei, Benedetto Rugani, Enrico Benetto, Wesley W. Ingwersen, Maddalena Ripa, Salvatore Mellino, Sergio Ulgiati, Mark T. Brown
  2. Towards a Consensual Emergy Analysis Based on Life Cycle Inventory: Launch of the Software SCALEM®
    Antonino Marvuglia, Benedetto Rugani, Enrico Benetto, Ligia Tiruta-Barna, Yoann Pigné, Gordon Rios, Tomás Navarrete Gutiérrez
  3. An Emergy-LCA Analysis of Municipal Solid Waste Management: Modelling Source-Separated Collection and Transportation Rates
    Gengyuan Liu, Zhifeng Yang, Sergio Ulgiati
  4. Sustainability Evaluation of End-of-Life Vehicle Recycling Based on Emergy Analysis: A Case Study of an End-of-Life Vehicle Recycling Enterprise in China
    Yuxue Pan, Haitao Li
  5. End-Of-Life Treatment of Crystalline Silicon Photovoltaic Panels. An Emergy-Based Case Study
    Fabiana Corcelli, Maddalena Ripa, Sergio Ulgiati

Conceptual Frameworks

  1. Pools of Money: ‘Information Cycles’ for the Production and Maintenance of Financial Information
    Thomas Abel
  2. NOOSPHERE: a Mini-Model
    Enrique Ortega, Marina Pinho Oncken, Ligia Azevedo
  3. Clusters of High Transformity Individuals
    Dennis Glenn Collins, David Scienceman
  4. The “Emerging Quality” of Self-Organizing Systems, When Modeled According to the Maximum Ordinality Principle, Offers a Radically New Perspective to Modern Science
    Corrado Giannantoni
  5. Emergy and Econophysics
    Dennis Glenn Collins
  6. The Jewish Pattern of History
    David Scienceman, Dennis Collins
  7. Prosperous Way Down: Task Forces
    Enrique Ortega, Lígia Azevedo, Marina Pinho Oncken, Rosana Corazza, Miguel Bacic, Paulo Fracalanza, Gilmar Barreto, José Maria Gusman-Ferraz


Brown, M.T., S. Sweeney, D.E. Campbell, S. Huang, T. Rydberg, and S. Ulgiati (eds). 2017. Emergy Synthesis 9: Theory and Applications of the Emergy Methodology. Proceedings of the 9th Biennial Emergy Conference. Center for Environmental Policy, University of Florida, Gainesville. 348 pages.

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9th Biennial Conference

January 7-9, 2016

University of Florida
J. Wayne Reitz Union
Gainesville, Florida

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