Encyclopedia of Sustainability in Higher Education

2019 Edition
| Editors: Walter Leal Filho

Simulation and Sustainability

  • Jorge RochaEmail author
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-11352-0_413


One can define sustainability as the capacity to preserve, sustain, and nurture, which in practical terms can be translated into identifying, developing, and promoting sustainable attitudes, practices, and strategies, preserving the natural environment without forgetting the economic and social components. In fact, sustainability has to do with the issues of distribution, following the standards of intra- and intergenerational equity. We all know that human actions have consequences, if not for the perpetrator then for others with a spatiotemporal shift. Therefore, evaluating the impact of a specific activity on sustainability is problematic for this reason and several others.


To start with, the notion of sustainability is broad in terms of time and geographical expression. Several decisions on sustainability issues are taken far from their origins both in terms of space and time. Moreover, the time lapses involved in these decisions may vary from hundreds to...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of Geography and Spatial PlanningUniversidade de LisboaLisbonPortugal

Section editors and affiliations

  • Ingrid Molderez
    • 1
  1. 1.KU LeuvenLeuvenBelgium