I'm working on a coastal resort master plan (100 km sq), advocating low impact, eco-tourist site. Boss wants to know: How can max load be calculated. He wants DATA (!?!- this is China...).
Obvioulsy I am no engineer nor statistician, and he will not hire one... Is there any known way to calculate an ecological carrying capacity (the number of visitors or inhabitants an area can sustainably support)? I've got formulas and indices for land area alone, but not when in a sensitive environment - we have mangroves, mountians, rivers, marsh - everything.
Thanks for any help!