Advances in Earth Science ›› 2008, Vol. 23 ›› Issue (1): 63-70. doi: 10.11867/j.issn.1001-8166.2008.01.0063

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The Rationale of Multiple-Scale Integrated Assessment of Societal Metabolism

Wang Tiansong 1,2   

  1. 1. College of Geography and Environmental Science, Northwest Normal University, Lanzhou 730070, China;2. The Scientific Information Center for Resources and Environment, Chinese  Academy of Sciences, Lanzhou 730000, China
  • Received:2007-07-17 Revised:2007-10-31 Online:2008-01-15 Published:2008-01-10

Wang Tiansong. The Rationale of Multiple-Scale Integrated Assessment of Societal Metabolism[J]. Advances in Earth Science, 2008, 23(1): 63-70.

The analytical approach/tool of Multiple-Scale Integrated Assessment of Societal Metabolism, proposed by Mario Giampietro,Kozo Mayumi, et al., based on the congruence among resource “Human Activities”, resource “Exosomatic Energy Flows”, and “Added Value Flows” in the hierarchical socioeconomic systems, using, in an integrated way, incommensurable variables referring to non-equivalent descriptive domains(coming from various scientific disciplines) and data gathered at distinct hierarchical levels, addresses the various relevant dimensions of societal development and sustainability. This paper is a review on the approach (MSIASM).

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