Environmental Systems

An Introductory Text

Author: I. D. White,D. N. Mottershead,Steven John Harrison,S. J. Harrison

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 9780748740819

Category: Science

Page: 616

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Using energy flow and mass transfer as unifying themes, the discussion is set in a thermodynamic perspective.


Author: Hartmut Leser,Jörg Löffler

Publisher: UTB

ISBN: 3825287181

Category: Science

Page: 414

View: 1921

Umweltprobleme nehmen kontinuierlich zu und werden komplexer! Die Landschaftsökologie beleuchtet die vielschichtige Problematik und zeigt Lösungen auf. Der integrative Ansatz in der Landschaftsökologie gewinnt vor dem Hintergrund zahlreicher und komplexer Umweltprobleme immer mehr an Bedeutung. Dieses Lehrbuch liefert einen umfassenden Überblick über die Entwicklung der landschaftsökologischen Ansätze und Methoden. Die Landschaftsökologie als interdisziplinäres Forschungsfeld ist vielschichtig und nach vielen Seiten offen. Die 5. Auflage des Lehrbuchklassikers wurde komplett neu bearbeitet und orientiert sich am state of the art. Es gibt sowohl eine europäische und nordamerikanische Landschaftsökologie als auch eine eher geographisch-raumforscherisch und eine biogeographisch-biologisch ausgerichtete Landschaftsökologie. Dieser konzeptionellen Vielfalt entspricht die Zentrierung auf die Begriffe Ökologie und Ökosystem, die im Mittelpunkt aller Kapitel stehen. Forschungsbeispiele aus verschiedenen Bereichen spannen den Bogen zur Praxis. Die Landschaftsökologie ist ein gleichermaßen hochaktuelles wie spannendes Thema, das für Studierende vieler Fachrichtungen das Bewusstsein für den nachhaltigen und bewussten Umgang mit der Landschaft schärft und den Blick über den Tellerrand öffnet.

Systems Approaches and Their Application

Examples from Sweden

Author: Mats-Olov Olsson,Gunnar Sjöstedt

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9781402023699

Category: Computers

Page: 340

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Within a conceptual framework that is developed in the two first chapters, the actual application of systems thinking is described across a broad field of cases representing research, teaching, decision support and construction. All cases are presented by experts who have actually been involved in the activities they describe. Thus, the broad selection of cases captures the great variation of systems thinking and how it is integrated into models and theories and solid knowledge pertaining to different substantive areas. At the same time all case study authors address the same set of questions that are developed in the conceptual chapters. This gives comparability across cases - chapters - and brings cohesion to the book. The focus on Sweden, an advanced country in systems thinking, reinforces the unitary context in which comparison can be made between a systems approach for better research (theory), better practice and better design and construction. Most recent literature on systems thinking has a general (often philosophical) perspective, concerns computer systems or focuses on one highly specific problem. A special feature of this book is that, while it concerns a single nation, it simultaneously contains a broad overview of systems analysis in a number of important issue areas, for research as well as practice, against a penetrating background description of what systems analysis is, how it functions, what problems it represents and what results it may produce. The book is intended for a broad readership and can be appreciated by experts on systems thinking and analysis as well as by students, teachers, researchers, planners and policy makers who want to learn more about this topic. The book should be useful in university teaching in several disciplines.

Modelling Scale in Geographical Information Science

Author: Nicholas Tate,Peter M. Atkinson

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9780471985464

Category: Science

Page: 277

View: 5159

This text is concerned with the subject of spatial scale in the context of geographical research using GIS (Geographical Information Systems) and provides an overview of the subject.

Progress in Political Geography (Routledge Revivals)

Author: Michael Pacione

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134597614

Category: Social Science

Page: 276

View: 6095

Since the 1970s, the field of political geography has undergone a significant transformation, where new methodologies have been implemented to investigate the exercise of the power of the state within the urban environment. First published in 1985, the essays in this collection addressed the growing need to assess the academic revisions that had been taking place and provide a reference point for future developments in the discipline. Still of great relevance, the essays consider the most prominent themes in areas of key importance to political geography, including theory and methodology, minority groups, local government and the geography of elections. This volume will be of significant value for students of political geography, urban demography and town planning.

Research Methods in Geography

A Critical Introduction

Author: Basil Gomez,John Paul Jones, III

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1405107103

Category: Science

Page: 480

View: 7442

This comprehensive textbook offers a conceptual and practical introduction to research methodology, data collection, and techniques used in both human and physical geography. Explores a full range of contemporary geographic techniques, including statistics, mathematical analysis, GIS, and remote sensing Unique in both content and organization, it brings together a team of internationally recognized specialists to create a balanced approach between physical geography, human geography, and research techniques Includes a series of foundational chapters offering multiple perspectives on the central questions in research methods Examines the conceptual frameworks and practical issues behind data acquisition and analysis, and how to interpret results Includes explanations of key terminology and exercises throughout


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Publisher: N.A


Category: Academic libraries

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Key Concepts in Geography

Author: Sarah Holloway,Stephen P Rice,Gill Valentine

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 9780761973898

Category: Science

Page: 342

View: 3207

Defining the key terms that inform the language of geography and define the geographical imagination: space, time, place, scale, landscape, this volume provides definitions of terms from both human and physical geography.

Time In Geographic Information Systems

Author: Gail Kucera

Publisher: CRC Press

ISBN: 9780748400591

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 180

View: 5074

A study into the consideration of the temporal dimension of computerized spatial data handling using GIS. The book describes the use of historical and time-variable data as explicit components of the modelling process.

Region as a Socio-environmental System

An Introduction to a Systemic Regional Geography

Author: D. Nir

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9400904835

Category: Science

Page: 182

View: 3487

2 society would be a free, anarchic society [an - without, archos - ruler], a society in which each individual is responsible for the relationship between himself and the society. By inner persuasion, we must live by making the maximum contri bution of our physical and mental assets combined with minimal charge against and exploitation of the society. We must contribute to society as much as possible because, directly and indirectly, we enjoy the contributions of the global society in which we live and of which we are a part.To achieve this goal, we must know not only ourselves but also the society in which we live. A society is not uniform. It is composed of mosaics of people of varying characteristics, structured in different patterns and groups, the qUalities of which we must know because upon them depends our own place in the society. Were the world uniform of feature and society, there would no place for regional geography. But because the world varies in form and its societies are different, study of the differentiation of the world's surface and the regional geography as the people who live on it is an important tool for understanding the society in which we live, particularly when our goal is to live with it in harmony.

Urban Geography

A Global Perspective

Author: Michael Pacione

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 9780415191968

Category: Social Science

Page: 663

View: 319

This text is an introduction to the study of towns and cities. The book synthesizes a wealth of material to provide a comprehensive introduction for students of urban geography, drawing on a rich blend of theoretical and empirical information, to advance their knowledge of the city. For the first time in the history of humankind, urban dwellers outnumber rural residents and this trend is destined to continue. Urban places, towns and cities are of fundamental importance: for the distribution of population within countries; in the organization of economic production, distribution and exchange; in the structuring of social reproduction and cultural life; and in the allocation and exercise of power. Even those living beyond the administrative or functional boundaries of a town or city, will have their lifestyle influenced to some degree by a nearby or distant city.

New Models In Geography

Author: PhD Richard Peet,Professor Nigel Thrift

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317853784

Category: Science

Page: 408

View: 4277

First published in 1989. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

Studies of Field Systems in the British Isles

Author: Alan R. H. Baker

Publisher: CUP Archive

ISBN: 9780521201216

Category: Agriculture

Page: 702

View: 955

An enormous amount of research into British field systems has been undertaken by historical geographers, economic historians and others since H. L. Gray's classic work on English Field Systems was published. Detailed local studies have been legion, generalized explanations of the origins and functioning of field systems few but influential in promoting further studies. This book both synthesises and advances our knowledge of field systems in the British Isles. An introduction by the editors outlines the sources and methods of studies of field systems. There then follow twelve chapters concerned with specific areas within the British Isles. In their own conclusion, the editors consider the problems and perspectives of field system studies in the context of the British Isles as a whole. This chapter is an attempt at generalisation in historical geography, generalization in relation to both existing models of British field systems and putative problems which only further research can resolve.

New Models In Geog

Author: Richard Peet,Nigel Thrift

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134526709

Category: Science

Page: 384

View: 6534

First published in 1989. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

Key Methods in Geography

Author: Nicholas Clifford,Gill Valentine

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 9780761974925

Category: Science

Page: 572

View: 3285

Key Methods in Geography is an introduction for undergraduates to the principal methodological issues involved in the collection, analysis and presentation of geographical information. It provides an accessible primer, which will be used by students as a reference throughout their degree, on all issues from research design to presentation. A unique feature of the book is that it provides definitions of terms from both human geography and physical geography. Organized into four parts: Getting Started in Geographical Research; Data Collection in Human Geography; Data Collection in Physical Geography; Analyzing and Representing Geographical Data. Each chapter is comprised of a short definition, a summary of the principal arguments, a substantive 5,000-word discussion, the use of real-life examples, and annotated notes for further reading. The teaching of research methods is integral in all geography courses. Key Methods in Geography identifies the key analytical and observational strategies with which all geography undergraduates should be conversant.