An integrated sustainable development approach to modeling the eco-environmental effects from urbanization

Publication year: 2011
Source: Ecological Indicators, Volume 11, Issue 6, November 2011, Pages 1599-1608

Yaobin, Liu , Chengsheng, Yao , Guixin, Wang , Shuming, Bao

Urbanization induces detrimental effects on the eco-environment that are beginning to be extensively described. However, the adoption of suitable indicators and reliable methods still requires attention to provide a basis for a more accurate understanding of eco-environmental effects from urbanization. The aggregated index system representing the coupling relationships between urbanization and eco-environment was introduced and an integrated sustainable development approach (ISD) to simulate and evaluate the integrative effects was developed in this paper. The ISD consists of modules of the coupling relationship assessments, systematic analysis of potential eco-environmental changes, and sustainability evaluation. An interpretative structural modeling (ISM) and grey relative…