Questioning the Ecological Footprint

Alessandro Galli, Mario Giampietro, Steve Goldfinger, Elias Lazarus, David Lin, Andrea Saltelli, Mathis Wackernagel, Felix Müller

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© 2016 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved. In this perspective paper a critical discussion about the concept of the Ecological Footprint is documented based on 10 questions which are answered from critical and supporting points-of-view. These key questions are directed toward the underlying research objectives of the approach, a comparison with similar concepts, the quantification methodology and its accuracy, the characteristics of the observed flows, the role of scales and resolutions, the implementation of food security, the utility of the ecological footprint for society, the political relevance of the concept and the differences from other international indicator systems.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)224-232
JournalEcological Indicators
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2016


  • Footprint applicability
  • Footprint critics
  • Footprint methodology
  • Footprint relevance
  • Footprint utility


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