Principles of Environmental Sciences

  • Jan J. Boersema
  • Lucas Reijnders

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Stating the Problem

    1. Lucas Reijnders
      Pages 15-17
    2. Petra J. E. M. van Dam, S. Wybren Verstegen
      Pages 25-31
    3. Lucas Reijnders, Jan Bakkes, Klaas van Egmond
      Pages 49-72
  3. Principles and Methods

    1. Craig Dilworth
      Pages 75-83
    2. Lucas Reijnders
      Pages 85-96
    3. Linda Steg, Charles Vlek
      Pages 97-141
    4. Piet H. Nienhuis
      Pages 143-176
    5. Helias A. Udo de Haes, Reinout Heijungs
      Pages 207-237
    6. Gjalt Huppes, Udo E. Simonis
      Pages 239-280
    7. Matthijs Hisschemöller, Jan Eberg, Anita Engels, Konrad von Moltke
      Pages 281-303
    8. Karel Mulder
      Pages 305-333
    9. Jan J. Boersema
      Pages 335-343
    10. H. J. M. (Bert) de Vries
      Pages 345-373
    11. Reinout Heijungs
      Pages 375-383
    12. Jean-Paul Hettelingh, Bert J. M. de Vries, Leen Hordijk
      Pages 385-420
  4. Context and Perspectives

  5. Back Matter
    Pages 529-542

About this book


Principles of Environmental Sciences provides a comprehensive picture of the principles, concepts and methods that are applicable to problems originating from the interaction between the living and non-living environment and mankind. Both the analysis of such problems and the way solutions to environmental problems may work in specific societal contexts are addressed. Disciplinary approaches are discussed but there is a focus on multi- and interdisciplinary methods. A large number of practical examples and case studies are presented. There is special emphasis on modelling and integrated assessment. This book is different because it stresses the societal, cultural and historical dimensions of environmental problems. The main objective is to improve the ability to analyse and conceptualise environmental problems in context and to make readers aware of the value and scope of different methods. The authors contributing to Principles of Environmental Sciences come from several countries and a wide variety of scientific backgrounds in the fields of natural and social sciences, and the humanities. This book will be ideal as a course text for students, and will also be of interest to researchers and consultants in the environmental sciences.


Climate Change Climate change policy Environmental history Environmental policy Environmental principles Environmental technologies Integrated environmental models Sustainable development development life-cycle assessment (LCA)

Editors and affiliations

  • Jan J. Boersema
    • 1
  • Lucas Reijnders
    • 2
  1. 1.Institute for Environmental StudiesVrije UniversiteitAmsterdamThe Netherlands
  2. 2.IBED/EDCOUniversity AmsterdamAmsterdamThe Netherlands

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