The development of a carrying capacity assessment model for the Australian socio-environmental context

Lane, Murray C. (2014) The development of a carrying capacity assessment model for the Australian socio-environmental context. PhD thesis, Queensland University of Technology.


A key aim of this research was to highlight how society's understanding of constraints to the productive capacity of its resource base is vital to its long-term survival. This was achieved through the development of an online model, the Carrying Capacity Dashboard. The Dashboard was developed to estimate how much land Australian populations require for the production of their food, textiles, timber and liquid fuel. Findings reveal that Australia's estimated carrying capacity is currently over 40 million people but longer-term and more regional analyses suggest a much smaller number. Carrying capacity assessment also indicates that optimal resource security is to be found in balancing both small and large-scale self-sufficiency.

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ID Code: 67485
Item Type: QUT Thesis (PhD)
Supervisor: Dawes, Les, Grace, Peter, & Sloan, Mellini
Keywords: carrying capacity, self-sufficiency, population, sustainability, resources, socio-environmental, interactive model, biophysical constraints, Dashboard
Divisions: Current > Institutes > Institute for Future Environments
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Institution: Queensland University of Technology
Deposited On: 19 Feb 2014 05:59
Last Modified: 27 Jun 2017 14:42

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