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The Terrestrial Biosphere

Environmental Change, Ecosystem Science, Attitudes and Values, 1st Edition

By S.T. Trudgill

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320 pages

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Terrestrial Biosphere tries to pose the questions which underlie the many-sided debate of how to respond to and influence change: How should we view nature? What do we do for the best - how should we act - what are we trying to achieve and what should we be guided by?In doing so the book introduces and attempts to analyse not only scientific aspects of the debate but also cultural attitudes and values: the notions of ecosystem stability are now challenged and it is also clear that ecosystems are renewable but not repeatable. It finds that prescriptive 'solutions' based on current constructs may not be adequate. Feeling that analysis should lead to advocacy, the author believes that if we can't improve predictability, we have to increase adaptability which means that ecological and social capacity building should be advocated. This is seen in terms of concepts, institutions, attitudes and values which allow for a plurality of meanings and which can cope with surprise and unforeseen change - and which also facilitates responses to change.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction

2. Ecology for People

3. Are There Any Guiding Principles from Ecological Science?

4. The Conceptual Basis

5. Ecosystems, Society and Environmental Change

6. Concepts of Soil

7. Soils and Environmental Change

8. Wilderness Ecosystems

9. Managed Ecosytems

10. Domesticated Ecosystems 11. Built Ecosystems

12. Conclusions

About the Series

Understanding Global Environmental Change

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SCI019000
SCIENCE / Earth Sciences / General
SCI030000
SCIENCE / Earth Sciences / Geography
SOC015000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Human Geography