SFU Library Resource and Environmental Management collections policy

The SFU School of Resource and Environmental Management provides a focus for applied interdisciplinary research on natural resource problems of local, national and international interest, and offers a program of graduate education in resource and environmental management. The program aims to integrate the socio-economic (political) and biophysical (ecological) approaches to resources and environmental issues, including the dynamics of natural resources, the strategies and techniques of natural resource and environmental planning and management, and the biological, physical, social, economic and institutional implications of resource decisions.

The School offers graduate programs leading to a master of resource management (MRM), a joint master degree in resource management and business administration (MRM/MBA), in co-operation with the Faculty of Business Administration, and a Ph.D. in resource management.  REM offers several undergraduate courses that can be credited towards a B.Sc. in Environmental Science.

Coursework and research supervision is offered in a wide range of natural and social sciences, including resources and community planning, water management, environmental impact assessment, environmental toxicology and management, regional development, ecological risk assessment, energy economics and management, forest ecosystem dynamics, population ecology, conservation biology and landscape ecology, tourism planning and development, environmental law and regulation, the political economy of environmental management, institutional design, fisheries management, and parks and recreation planning. Faculty-led research groups in REM include the Co-operative Resource Management Institute, Co-Management Group, Energy Research Group (ERG), Environmental Toxicology, Fisheries Science and Management, Forest Ecology,  GIS in Environmental Management, Parks and Recreation, and the Center for Tourism Policy and Research.

Collection development is the responsibility of the REM Liaison Librarian, in consultation with the Departmental Representative for REM and other faculty members as required.

General Collection Guidelines
Languages:  the emphasis is on the acquisition of materials in English.
Chronological guidelines: interest is contemporary issues
Geographical guidelines: North America is the primary focus but no area is specifically excluded.
Treatment of subject: Focus should be on environmental and resource management issues, planning, policy, and analysis
Types of materials: collecting is split between books and journals with increasing emphasis on electronic products
Date of Publication: emphasis is on current publications; retrospective acquisitions are normally only for the replacement of important titles that have deteriorated or disappeared
Co-ordination and Cooperation with other campus resources: none at this time
Other factors for consideration: the multidisciplinary nature of REM results in subject overlap with other departments, as specified below.

Subjects (levels of collecting - soon)

The collection involves a wide range of subjects and emphasises the synthesis of many subject areas in order to bring a global perspective to environmental problems.  Only those works with an environmental or resource management focus will be collected.

Note: subject descriptors are taken from Blackwell's subject headings with the exception of those in italics that are LCSH; notes are from Blackwell's thesaurus or my own additions.

Subject descriptor -  Notes

Environmental law
Natural resources law
Natural areas law
Mining law
Environmental impact statements law
Oil & gas law
Public lands (law)
Water (law)
Water rights - Includes territorial waters & the natural resources within them
Ocean bottom (International law)
Pollution law
Other environmental law
Environmental mediation
Dispute resolution (Law)
Economics of natural resources - Includes environmental economics
Sustainable development
Travel industry - Focus on sustainable tourism and tourism communities
Environmental studies - general - Includes social aspects of pollution
Environmental policy - The role of the state in the control & protection of the environment, incl. technology assessment, environmental safety
Environmental politics - Includes Green movement
Water pollution & society - Includes pollution of water supply & bodies of water
Air pollution & society
Noise pollution & society
Human ecology  - Not biology
Urban studies - Focus on environmental issues
City planning - Includes works on planning and maintaining facilities & services in cities and towns
Rural studies - Includes planning & development of rural areas
Regional studies - Includes planning & development of regions
Sustainable development
Land & land use - Focus on the environmental/sustainable land use issues
Land use planning - Includes zoning, policy
Public lands
Private lands
Urban land use
Coastal lands - Includes shoreline of both fresh and salt-water bodies
Animal distribution  - Biodiversity, biogeography (animal populations)
Plant distribution (plant populations)
Biological effects of pollution - Includes effect of pesticides, etc. on animals & nature in general
Environmental toxicology
Pollution - Technical aspects, control; for social aspects, use Environmental studies
Air pollution - Includes smog, smoke, dust & odour
Land pollution - Includes pollution of the soil
Water pollution - Limited to pollution of the water supply; for pollution of bodies of water, use Marine pollution
Marine pollution - Both fresh & salt water bodies
Chemical pollution
Industrial pollution
Other specific pollution - By temperature, stagnation, etc.
Air pollution meteorology - The impact of air pollution on the weather, incl. urban weather & climate, acid rain, threat to the ozone, global warming & greenhouse effect
Environmental engineering - General works, incl. monitoring
Environmental monitoring
Environmental impact analysis
Hazardous substances - Environmental aspects
Environmental risk assessment
Ecological risk assessment
Math models
Computer simulation
Geographic information systems - GIS
Simulation methods
Natural resources - Use for conservation in general
Forest economics
Forest exploitation & use
Forest conservation
Forest reserves
Energy resources
Energy consumption - Includes energy & fuel saving generally
Energy technology - Works on technological aspects of energy production form various sources
Energy policy
Soil conservation
Water conservation
Flood control
Water improvement
Multi-use water resources
Nature conservation - General works on preserving plant and animal life
Water resources development - Environmental aspects
Wildlife conservation - Includes works on endangered species; wildlife and game preserves
Fishes and fish culture Aquaculture
Hatcheries and fisheries - Includes fish farming
Commercial fishing - Focus on conservation practises
Recreation areas management - Includes public parks, national parks
Marine resources
Mineral resources - Focus on conservation


Biology:   ecology, population biology
Anthropology/Sociology:  co-management, relations with First Nations cultures, tourism behaviour
Geography:  urban, rural and regional studies, GIS, land use
Chemistry:  environmental toxicology
Business Administration: resource management, resource industries, tourism
Computing Science: computer simulation, mathematical models, GIS and remote sensing applications

Created by SR. Last updated by TM 09/11/00.