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Main Title Ecology, Cognition and Landscape Linking Natural and Social Systems / [electronic resource] :
Author Farina, Almo.
Publisher Springer Netherlands,
Year Published 2009
Call Number QH541.29
ISBN 9789048131389
Subjects Life sciences ; Architecture ; Applied Ecology ; Environmental management ; Sustainable development ; Humanities
Internet Access
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Collation XI, 161p. online resource.
Due to license restrictions, this resource is available to EPA employees and authorized contractors only
Contents Notes
The State of Art of Landscape Ecology: 20 Years of Paradigms and Methods -- Toward the Essence of the Landscape: An Epistemological Perspective -- Toward a Theory of the Mosaic -- Properties of Ecological Mosaics -- Ontogenesis and Changes of the Landscape: A Probabilistic View -- The Ecotones -- Measuring and Evaluating the Ecological Mosaics: General Assumption -- The Cognitive Landscape -- The Landscape as a Human Agency. While the importance of incorporating human factors into understanding ecological process is widely recognized, to date there have been few solutions offered as to how this can be done. In his new book, Ecology, Cognition and Landscape, Almo Farina makes an innovative move to do just that. And by reinterpreting both the ecological and social strands of landscape ecology, within a common framework based on cognition, he offers a way to make the necessary connections between the social and natural systems. Following the success of his widely popular Principles and Methods in Landscape Ecology, Farina's new book builds on well-established theories to present his new ideas, explaining both in a way which is accessible to readers from both the natural and social sciences. By focusing on the relationships between human populations, human societies and environmental processes, the book provides the reader with a new approach for exploring and connecting the various aspects of ecological complexity. Ecology, Cognition and Landscape will be an important and accessible reference for graduate students and researchers interested in all aspects of landscape studies, including ecologists, architects, agronomists, social scientists, environmental psychologists, and those exploring the economic, political and educational dimensions of both rural and urban landscapes.