Integrating Economics, Ecology and Thermodynamics

  • MatthiasĀ Ruth

Part of the Ecology, Economy & Environment book series (ECEE, volume 3)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Matthias Ruth
      Pages 3-14
  3. Core Concepts in Economics, Ecology and Thermodynamics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 15-15
    2. Matthias Ruth
      Pages 17-34
    3. Matthias Ruth
      Pages 35-47
    4. Matthias Ruth
      Pages 48-60
  4. Integrating the Core Concepts of Economics, Ecology and Thermodynamics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 61-61
    2. Matthias Ruth
      Pages 76-91
    3. Matthias Ruth
      Pages 92-110
    4. Matthias Ruth
      Pages 111-125
  5. Nonlinear Dynamic Simulation of Natural Resource Use: Thermodynamic Limits and Endogenous Technical Change

  6. Summary and Conclusions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 199-199
    2. Matthias Ruth
      Pages 201-208
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 209-252

About this book


Economies are open systems embedded in an ecosystem with which they exchange matter and energy. Interactions among these systems are vital for each system's performance and are constrained by the laws of physics. This volume pays tribute to economy--environment interactions simultaneously from an economic, ecological and physical perspective.
Integrating Economics, Ecology and Thermodynamics provides a first step in identifying and combining the principles of economics, ecology and thermodynamics on a fundamental level. Part I lays out the general context for the approach chosen. Part II familiarizes readers with core concepts of, and methods used in, the three disciplines of economics, ecology and thermodynamics. Part III assesses ways in which these disciplines can be integrated to provide an improved understanding of economy--environment interactions. Part IV illustrates the integration of the three disciplines with a dynamic model of a human community interacting with its environment. In Part V the volume closes with a brief summary and a set of conclusions on the relevance of integrated, interdisciplinary approaches to economy--environment interactions.


ecology ecosystem energy environment thermodynamics

Authors and affiliations

  • MatthiasĀ Ruth
    • 1
  1. 1.Center for Energy and Environmental Studies and Department of GeographyBoston UniversityBostonUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1993
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-90-481-4298-9
  • Online ISBN 978-94-017-1899-8
  • Series Print ISSN 0926-9754
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