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Emergy evaluation of ecosystems

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  • Environmental Engineering Sciences Thesis
  • M.S ( Lcsh )
  • Dissertations
  • Academic -- Environmental Engineering Sciences ( Lcsh )
  • Emergy
  • Mitigation Banking


CHAPTER 1 EMERGY EVALUATION OF ECOSYSTEMS: A BASIS FOR MITIGATION POLICY By ELIANA BARDI A THESIS PRESENTED TO THE GRADUATE SCHOOL OF THE UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA IN PARTIAL FULLFILLMENT OF THE REQUIREMENTS FOR THE DEGREE OF MASTER OF SCIENCE UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA 2002 ii ACKNOWLEDGMENTS I wish to present my gratitude to my advisor, Mark Brown, for believing in me and giving me the opportunity to challenge myself and think outside the box. Special thanks go also to the supporting faculty members, Clay Montague and Clyde Kiker, for the knowledge they shared in their classes and their invaluable input to this work. I would not be here if it were not for the support and love of my many dear friends here in Gainesville. I thank Matt and Leah, Chuck and Venessa, Jim and Chris, Annie, and my ultimate divas for helping me keep my sanity (or whatever is left of it) through the years. Matt was especially helpful on numerous occasions with simulation modeling and emergy theory. Todd, Kelly, Susan, Sharlynn, Ben, Mark, Joel, and the rest of the gang at the Center for Wetlands have been incredibly supportive and helpful whenever I was in need. Finally, I would like to thank my families: first, my Italian family, for believing in me from day one, helping me along the way, allowing me to pursue my dreams away from home, and inspiring me to always persevere; and second, my American family, for welcoming me and opening their doors and hearts to me. They have made my staying in the United States so fulfilling. And lastly, I thank my husband B.J for showing me a new world, always encouraging me, pushing me to achieve great things, and helping me in so many ways to accomplish this. I also thank his family for all the love and support they have given me. TABLE OF CONTENTS page ACKNOWLEDGMENTS …………………………………………………………….…iii L

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