Environmental Economic factors of the Southern Brazilian Coast

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by Antônio Libório Philomena, Fundacao Univ do Rio Grande, Brazil,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Coastlines of Brazil

Abstract: The goal of this study is a large-scale synthesis of the ecological and economic characteristics of the Southern Brazilian Coast. The coastal area is formed by a watershed, a lagoon, and a continental shelf, covering 202,978 km2. Energy Systems Analysis played a central part in the methodology used to synthesize interactions between ecologic and economic activities. Concepts like Emergy and Transformity was used to evaluate contributions of resources and services to the coastal area studied. The analysis showed the importance of the renewable resources (i.e., nonmarket resources such as sun, rain, and wind) in comparison to the nonrenewable (market resources like fuel, fertilizer, services and labour). The methodology has proven to be useful as a mesure of value for evaluating environment, resources, and public policy alternatives.

Subject Headings: Economic factors | System analysis | Coastal management | Light rail transit | Coastal environment | Ecosystems | Resource management |

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