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Entropy, Water and Resources

An Essay in Natural Sciences-Consistent Economics

  • Horst Niemes
  • Mario Schirmer

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. The Water Use Model

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 5-5
    2. Horst Niemes, Mario Schirmer
      Pages 1-3
    3. Horst Niemes, Mario Schirmer
      Pages 7-21
    4. Horst Niemes, Mario Schirmer
      Pages 23-38
    5. Horst Niemes, Mario Schirmer
      Pages 39-59
    6. Horst Niemes, Mario Schirmer
      Pages 61-74
    7. Horst Niemes, Mario Schirmer
      Pages 75-102
  3. The Water Infrastructure Model

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 103-103
    2. Horst Niemes, Mario Schirmer
      Pages 105-129
    3. Horst Niemes, Mario Schirmer
      Pages 131-149
    4. Horst Niemes, Mario Schirmer
      Pages 151-170
    5. Horst Niemes, Mario Schirmer
      Pages 171-211
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 213-219

About this book

Introduction

This book at the intersection of natural sciences, economics, and water engineering aims to reduce the gaps between economic theory, natural sciences, and engineering practice. Based on an extended thermodynamic approach, the authors explain which economic assumptions are acceptable for constructing a dynamic model that is consistent with the natural sciences. In particular, the special role of water in the production and reproduction activities will be considered as an integral component. Water is generated in a separate water treatment process and is used to transport the unavoidable by-products of production and reproduction activities to a wastewater sector. In this respect, not only environmental protection aspects, but also the interrelation between the water requirements and the use of non-renewable resources for producing desired consumption goods will be highlighted.

Keywords

Ecological Economics Thermodynamics Water engineering entropy environmental protection thermodynamic approach water infrastructure model water use model

Authors and affiliations

  • Horst Niemes
    • 1
  • Mario Schirmer
    • 2
  1. 1.GmbH - UFZHelmholtz-Zentrum für UmweltforschungLeipzigGermany
  2. 2.Abt. Wasserressourcen und Trinkwasser,, Urbane und Alpine HydrogeologieEAWAGDübendorfSwitzerland

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