Abstract—Today, dependency of human on ecosystem products and services is increasing. The concept of ecological footprint determines humanity’s appropriation of ecosystems at the regional scales. The aim of this paper is to compare one person’s ecological footprint in various countries by assuming equal consumption and wastage of resources. This paper compares ecological footprint in 13 countries in order to find logical relationship among ecological footprint, area size, and population. The Ecological footprint of selected countries has been calculated by aid of an appropriate formula and also an online questionnaire. Then statistical package for social science (SPSS) was used to investigate the association among these variables. The results indicate that there is no significant linear relationship between ecological footprint and the area size of studied countries. This study also resulted that the population does not influence on ecological footprint.
Index Terms—Area, ecological footprint, population.
Rozana Zakari and Rosli Mohamad Zin are with the Faculty of Civil Engineering, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM), Skudai, Malaysia.
Samaneh Zolfagharian, Faculty of Civil Engineering, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM), Skudai, Malaysia (e-mail:email@example.com).
Mehdi Nourbakhsh and Masoud Gheisari are with School of Building Construction, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia, USA.
Cite: Rozana Zakari, Samaneh Zolfagharian, Mehdi Nourbakhsh, Rosli Mohammad Zin, and Masoud Gheisari, "Ecological Footprint of Different Nations," International Journal of Engineering and Technology vol. 4, no. 4, pp. 464-467, 2012.