Scalar considerations in carrying capacity assessment : an Australian example
Regional resource self-sufficiency has been proposed as a way to improve food security by lessening the demand on long-distance transport. An online tool, the Carrying Capacity Dashboard, was developed for Australian conditions in order to gauge self-sufficiency at three different scales: regional, state and national. It allows users to test a variety of societal behaviours such as diet, biofuel production, farming systems and ecological protection practices. Analysis developed from the Dashboard tests the effects of various resource consumption patterns on land carrying capacity. Findings reveal that Australia’s current carrying capacity is estimated to be over 40 million, but if calculated on a regional basis, this is reduced by almost half.
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|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Keywords:||Carrying Capacity, Population, Geographic Scale, Dashboard Model, Self-sufficiency|
|Divisions:||Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Chancellery
Current > Schools > School of Earth, Environmental & Biological Sciences
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
|Copyright Owner:||Copyright Springer Science+Business Media New York 2014|
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|Deposited On:||18 Aug 2014 22:26|
|Last Modified:||10 Apr 2016 18:29|
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