A new assessment method for urbanization environmental impact: urban environment entropy model and its application.

Guangzhou Institute of Geochemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Wushan, Guangzhou, Guangdong, 510640, China.
Environmental Monitoring and Assessment (Impact Factor: 1.68). 01/2008; 146(1-3):433-9. DOI: 10.1007/s10661-007-0089-1
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ABSTRACT The thermodynamic law is one of the most widely used scientific principles. The comparability between the environmental impact of urbanization and the thermodynamic entropy was systematically analyzed. Consequently, the concept "Urban Environment Entropy" was brought forward and the "Urban Environment Entropy" model was established for urbanization environmental impact assessment in this study. The model was then utilized in a case study for the assessment of river water quality in the Pearl River Delta Economic Zone. The results indicated that the assessing results of the model are consistent to that of the equalized synthetic pollution index method. Therefore, it can be concluded that the Urban Environment Entropy model has high reliability and can be applied widely in urbanization environmental assessment research using many different environmental parameters.

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