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Smart City Assessment

  • 1st Edition
  • July 12, 2024
  • Azzam Abu-Rayash
  • English
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Smart City Assessment: A Novel Framework for Development and Evaluation of Smart Cities outlines a new assessment model for smart cities, including energy, environmental, and economic factors. It introduces a new paradigm to the understanding of smart cities by defining it using eight main domains, each domain using four specific performance indicators. This book defines a smart city as one with a smart environment, smart economy, smart society, smart culture, smart governance, smart energy, smart infrastructure, smart transportation, and one that is resilient to pandemics and global emergencies.This book begins by outlining these basic elements of a smart city, from sustainability to transportation networks. It then proposes a framework for evaluation, before analyzing both technological and socioeconomic factors in more detail. Central to the reader’s understanding are the wide range of detailed case studies based on real-world cities, analyzing their smart-ness and demonstrating the application of a Smart City Index ranking based on the assessment criteria. The application of this novel and comprehensive methodology is applied on 20 cities worldwide and trends, relationships between indicators and domains are assessed to better understand the dynamic connections in this composite network of indicators. Providing the theoretical background as well as the practical assessment tools necessary, this book offers a timely discussion of the criteria and development for smart, sustainable urban living.

Advances in Virus Research

  • 1st Edition
  • Volume 119
  • July 5, 2024
  • Robin MacDiarmid + 2 more
  • English
  • Hardback
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Advances in Virus Research, Volume 119, the latest release in this esteemed series, presents the latest research and developments in viruses.

The Sustainability Handbook, Volume 2

  • 1st Edition
  • July 1, 2024
  • Mark Von Rosing
  • English
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The Sustainability Handbook: Volume 2 provides a comprehensive and holistic understanding of sustainability, bridging the gap between academic theory and business practices. Global climate change poses enormous environmental challenges, and societies across the world must adapt and innovate to further the goals of sustainability for present and future generations. The private sector especially must find new ways of doing business to align their practices with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted by the international community. Using a conceptually structured framework throughout, the book examines the latest academic research to summarize what environmental, social, and economic sustainability actually means in different contexts.Using numerous specific case studies and insights from industry leaders, the book shows how to strategically integrate sustainability into the organization, with extensive focus on policies, incentives, measures, operations, production, consumption, and lifecycle management. Volume 2 explores the concept of Radical Sustainability within an enterprise and why it is needed. With examples from zero waste to eliminating use of rare earth resources, triggering sustainable practices to cause related marketing, and sustainability responsibility to external transparency over internal incidents, this volume offers practical solutions for those who desire to progress from a Sustainable Strategy to an effective Sustainability Portfolio Management approach. Underpinned by international research-based evidence, it explores associated trends and drivers within the marketplace and how innovative environmental, social, economic and governance aspects can be considered and solutions applied.For researchers, students, and businesspeople at all levels and sectors, this handbook is an essential reference of the latest sustainability tools and methodologies required to adapt and innovate towards sustainability.

Biofuel Cells

  • 1st Edition
  • July 1, 2024
  • Shaojun Dong
  • English
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Biofuel Cells: The Design and Application of Biological Catalysts presents a detailed examination of biofuel cells, from their fundamentals and basic principles through to the latest technological, materials, and bioengineering developments. Chapters 1 and 2 provide a detailed review of the fundamentals and basic principles of microbial and biofuel cells, including the electrochemistry, materials and mechanics, and applications. Chapter 3 provides an in-depth examination of catalyst evolution and chapter 4 explains all aspects of electron transfer in enzymatic biofuel cells. Chapter 5 reviews all types of hybrid biofuel cell, including fabrication and design strategies for thermoelectric and triboelectric energy devices.In chapter 6, advanced manufacture techniques for biofuel cells and bio-devices are explained, including the working principles and methodologies for printing, microfluidics, fiber, microneedle, and others. Finally, chapter 7 explores the diverse applications of biofuel cells and bio-devices, from biosensors and bioelectronics to capacitive biofuel cells. Chapters are supported by computational tools, working manuals for the techniques discussed, and detailed schematics and flowcharts for BCF fabrication.

Biogeochemistry of Marine Dissolved Organic Matter

  • 3rd Edition
  • July 1, 2024
  • Dennis A. Hansell + 1 more
  • English
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Biogeochemistry of Marine Dissolved Organic Matter, Third Edition is the most up-to-date revision of this fundamental reference on the biogeochemistry of marine dissolved organic matter. Since its original publication in June 2002, the science, questions, and priorities have advanced, and the editors of this essential guide have added nine new chapters, including one on the South China Sea. This indispensable manual edited by the most distinguished experts in the field is addressed to graduate students, marine scientists, and all professionals interested in advancing their knowledge of the field.

Manufacturing from Industry 4.0 to Industry 5.0

  • 1st Edition
  • July 1, 2024
  • Dimitris Mourtzis
  • English
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Manufacturing from Industry 4.0 to Industry 5.0: Advances and Applications unfolds establishing three main pillars: (i) it investigates the theoretical background of the current industrial practice within the framework of industry 4.0 by presenting its key definitions and backbone technologies; (ii) discusses the methods and state-of-the-art developments employed in the ongoing digital transformation of companies worldwide to promote more resilient, sustainable, and human-centric smart manufacturing and production networks; and (iii) it outlines a strategic plan for the transition from industry 4.0 to industry 5.0.Written by an international group of expert scientists, this volume offers an overview of the most recent research in the field and provides actionable insights to benefit audiences in both academia and industry.

Circular Economy and Manufacturing

  • 1st Edition
  • July 1, 2024
  • Carolina Machado + 1 more
  • English
  • Paperback
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Circular economy can serve as a key building block for the sustainability targets of manufacturing companies. Although the term itself has long been established, we see that proper implementation of a circular economy model across entire manufacturing value chains is still lacking and remains a challenge. However, there are clearly visible and good examples of circular economy standards which have already been applied and are generating value among multiple layers. Circular Economy and Manufacturing presents these and more, providing a roadmap of optimized, flexible, efficient, effective, and competitive green production strategies for the manufacturing industry and its multiple stakeholders.The volume proves to be an excellent springboard for further discussion and research into new frameworks of best practices in view of achieving more socially responsible and sustainable organizations in a not-so-distant future.

Aircraft Leasing and Financing

  • 2nd Edition
  • July 1, 2024
  • Vitaly Guzhva + 2 more
  • English
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Aircraft Financing and Leasing: Tools for Success in Aircraft Acquisition and Management, Second Edition provides students and industry professionals with unique insights into the latest developments in the Commercial Aircraft and Engine Leasing and Financing industry that has grown into one of the most distinctive and important industries globally. This book offers a blend of academic and professional views that make it educational and relevant to the everyday operations of the industry. It can be used as a stand-alone textbook as well as a practitioner's guide.Given the impact of the COVID-19 virus on airlines around the world, the industry has experienced substantial changes since the first edition was published. This second edition is thoroughly revised and includes some new case studies and an entirely new chapter on Environmental Considerations with Respect to Aviation Finance.Aircraft Financing and Leasing details the industry’s foundational concepts, including aviation law and regulation, airline credit analysis, maintenance reserve development, insurance, transaction cost modeling, risk management tools such as asset and credit diversification, and the art of lease negotiations. Different types of aircraft are explored, highlighting their purposes, as well as when and why airline operators and investors choose specific models over others. In addition, the book covers important factors such as modeling financial returns for leased aircraft and appraising aircraft values.Users will find this an ideal resource for practitioners or as an outstanding reference for senior undergraduate and graduate students.

Geoethics for the Future

  • 1st Edition
  • July 1, 2024
  • Silvia Peppoloni + 1 more
  • English
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Geoethics for the Future: Facing Global Challenges offers a set of points of view on highly topical issues in geosciences and beyond, including societal relevance of geosciences, georesources, sustainable development, geoeducation, georisks, data, as well as philosophical, legal, political, scientific considerations about anthropogenic global changes and the Anthropocene, enabling readers to acquire multifaceted knowledge on topics of global relevance in the 21st Century. This book explores topics vital to our historical moment and the future of human societies, through the analyzes by scholars with different disciplinary backgrounds, emphasizing the need for new cultural and scientific frameworks to address global issues. It aims to foster multidisciplinary and transdisciplinary approaches for problem-solving, by integrating diverse knowledge and visions to effectively tackle urgent global challenges.Serving as a significant milestone in geoethics, this book provides academics, researchers and students with insights into the ethical and societal dimensions of various challenges arising from human impact on the Earth system.

Urban Health

  • 1st Edition
  • Volume 15
  • July 1, 2024
  • Madhuri Sharma + 4 more
  • English
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Urban Health: A Global Perspective, Fifteenth Edition outlines the problems, issues, and solutions to health in urban areas on a global scale. The book focuses on several issues which impact the health of cities, such as the environment, pollution, climate change, ecology, social equity, health inequalities, and health problems. In addition, it covers several empirical studies which explain economic, political, and the social issues influencing health in urban areas. Pandemics and sustainable development will also be discussed.