GEOG 2030 01:
Environment and Indicators 09/17/2013
Done in class as an example for the actual in class activities that will be marked for participation.
Exercise: Measuring Environment and Development
Top 4 problems as chosen by class:
Q1: How to assess these problems?
Indicator: Would need to collect data of # of ppl affected by scarcity (or a representative group), for
pollution would need to collect water samples of bodies of water found in a local area, scientists
would collect water samples,
Indicator: Would need to check availability of resources, determine how much of each resource
people require to survive, then determine the number of people on a given piece of land sharing
those resources. Data would be found through population surveys done by governments
Indicator: would need to check to see if farming was for subsistence or for export, how much food
people had access to. Would be similar to the process for overpopulation
Checking internally in governments to see where $ and resources were going, could also check to
see what residents thought of their government (although could be bias), could look at the
environment to see if it was being exploited
We need data that is available and comparable at a specific scale
This information can be found in numerous locations – for example: The Environmental
Performance Measurement Project, and The World Bank
Q2: What difference does it make to assess access to improved water vs. freshwater resources per
capita? What are the advantages/limitations of each indicator for understanding this
What is actually being measured when It comes to access to improved water sources?