The County Diagnostic

A Regional Environmental Footprint Framework for the USA

  • Bryce Lawrence

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XX
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  8. Back Matter
    Pages 249-268

About this book


The county diagnostic method is a spatially explicit, unit specific, component expanded regional environmental footprint framework for the USA designed by Bryce Lawrence to compare the influence of ecoregions on poly‐factorial environmental footprints. This 'diagnostic assessment' quantifies and compares the flows of food, water, energy, carbon, municipal solid waste, wastewater and spatial extent of ecosystem conservation. The county diagnostic fills the gap in regional environmental planning in the USA by bridging urban and state level planning.

  • Existing Footprinting Methods and the Need for Regional Ecological Planning in the USA
  • The Urban Metabolism and Flows of the Anthroposphere
  • The Dissipative Ecological Unit (DEU) as Organizing Principle for Metabolic Analysis of Counties
  • Calculations and Data Sources for the County Diagnostic Method
  • A Case Study Application of the County Diagnostic to the Eastern Temperate Forest Ecoregion
  • Comparative Vertical Waveform Diagrams for Cases and Interpretation of Case Study Results
Target Groups
  • Researchers, lecturers and students of landscape ecology, landscape and ecological planning, environmental and regional planning, landscape architecture
  • County engineers and managers, councils of government (COGs), regional planners in public and private practice, US environmental management agencies
The Author
Dr. Bryce Lawrence is a research scientist and educator at the Department of Landscape Ecology and Landscape Planning at the TU Dortmund University’s Faculty of Spatial Planning in Germany.


County Diagnostic Method US Eastern Temperate Forest Ecoregion Environmental Footprinting Ecological Planning Sustainability Regional Planning Urban Metabolism Landscape Planning Ökologischer Fußabdruck Ökologische Planung Nachhaltigkeit Raumplanung Urbaner Stoffwechsel Landschaftsplanung

Authors and affiliations

  • Bryce Lawrence
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Landscape Ecology and Landscape PlanningTU Dortmund UniversityDortmundGermany

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Fachmedien Wiesbaden GmbH, part of Springer Nature 2020
  • Publisher Name Springer Spektrum, Wiesbaden
  • eBook Packages Earth and Environmental Science
  • Print ISBN 978-3-658-28615-6
  • Online ISBN 978-3-658-28616-3
  • Series Print ISSN 2661-8575
  • Series Online ISSN 2661-8583
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