An application of an adaptive quantitative method to measure the sustainability of the Gold Coast, Australia

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Title An application of an adaptive quantitative method to measure the sustainability of the Gold Coast, Australia
Author Cirella, G; Tao, Longbin; Mohamed, Sherif Ali Mohtady
Journal Name Journal of Coastal Research
Year Published 2007
Place of publication United States
Publisher Coastal Education & Research Foundation
Abstract The coastal city of the Gold Coast, Australia is the first of eighteen sub-domain studies within South East Queensland (SEQ) that has been measured using the index of sustainable functionality (ISF). As a quantitative definition of sustainability, the ISF offers an adaptive method of measurement. It does so based on an engineering standpoint that institutes stable energy and mass transfer indicates longevity over spatial and temporal scales. Sustainability trends are measured using adaptive sustainability which incorporates complex interactions by making use of a matrix-based approach. Twenty-three functions were utilised in the study and measured against a total of 53 indicators. The span of the research is between the years 2000 to 2005. The results of the study indicate that the ISF of the Gold Coast can assist in improving the overall sustainability of the region. The overall result shows sustainability trends have slightly improved and are heading toward a sustainable blueprint for rapidly developing regions. Monitoring of trends would reduce future unsustainable action and optimise the ISF to the region and beyond.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Publisher URI http://www.cerf-jcr.org/
Copyright Statement Copyright 2007 CERF. The attached file is reproduced here in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. Please refer to the journal's website for access to the definitive, published version.
Volume SI50
Page from 52
Page to 56
ISSN 0749-0208
Date Accessioned 2007-11-29
Language en_AU
Faculty Faculty of Science, Environment, Engineering and Technology
Subject Environmental Engineering
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/18041
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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