A Companion to Environmental Geography (Wiley Blackwell Companions to Geography)
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A Companion to Environmental Geography is the first book to comprehensively and systematically map the research frontier of 'human-environment geography' in an accessible and comprehensive way.
- Cross-cuts several areas of a discipline which has traditionally been seen as divided; presenting work by human and physical geographers in the same volume
- Presents both the current 'state of the art' research and charts future possibilities for the discipline
- Extends the term 'environmental geography' beyond its 'traditional' meanings to include new work on nature and environment by human and physical geographers - not just hazards, resources, and conservation geographers
- Contains essays from an outstanding group of international contributors from among established scholars and rising stars in geography
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biodiversity as a far-reaching concept in contemporary environmental studies and sciences. Primary perspectives include: (i) biological and ecological sciences; (ii) environmentalism and conservation; (iii) economics and ethics; and (iv) public environmental science. The biological sciences, associated particularly with ecology and evolution, provide a predominant perspective on biodiversity as the ‘the variety and variability among organisms and the ecological complexes in which they occur’ (the
can reliably describe the system and reproduce its behaviour (Chaitin, 1992). In 68 STEVEN M. MANSON essence, simple algorithms are used to describe simple systems while longer and more sophisticated algorithms are necessary for complicated systems. These measures also often focus on entropy, or the amount of order versus randomness in a system. Computational complexity and information theory provide measures of how complicated a system is, but not necessarily how ‘complex’ the system is in
process may, however, have an appropriate or best scale for research. Scales are produced, whether by human-social, geophysical or biological processes. They have an ontological moment, insofar as they are integral to the constitution of material processes; they have an epistemological moment, insofar as one’s scale of observation determines the patterns (or lack thereof) that one observes. The two moments are dialectically related. A major topic for further research and theorising on scale
cropping patterns, as well as more intensive exploitation of natural resources, such as forests, through increased commercial licences to domestic and international companies. Brown and Lapuyade (2001) examined the effects of these broad socio-economic and environmental changes on rural households and showed how the resilience of different sections of the population was differentiated. Men and women are able to adapt to changes in quite different ways. For instance, men moved into the production