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Distinguished by its comprehensive transdisciplinary approach
Essay on the need for transdisciplinary transformation of environmental and landscape sciences coping with ecological, socio-economic and cultural crises
Complementary and updating the Springer text book on theory and application of landscape ecology by Naveh and Lieberman (1994)
Bridging the gaps between natural sciences, social sciences and humanities
Capitalizing on forty years of intensive ecological studies, this anthology presents a collection of widely dispersed major publications on theoretical and practical Mediterranean, global environmental and landscape issues. These range from Mediterranean ecosystems and vegetation types in California and Israel, to the significance of fire in the evolution of cultural Mediterranean landscapes in the Pleistocene and Early Holocene with special reference to Mt. Carmel; and from the development of Tanzania Masailand, a sociological and ecological challenge to multifunctional, self-organizing biosphere landscapes and the future of our Total Human Ecosystem.
Each chapter features a comprehensive study of ecological and landscape issues, synthesized in the introduction, and woven with autobiographical experiences. The concluding chapter calls for a transdisciplinary shift in all environmental scientific fields and particularly in landscape and restoration ecology, to cope with the complex, closely interwoven ecological, socio-economical, political and cultural crises facing human society during the present crucial transition from the industrial to the post-industrial, global information age.
Updating and broadening the scope of the groundbreaking Springer book on Landscape Theory and Applications by the author and Lieberman (1994), this is a unique transdisciplinary attempt based on advanced systems complexity theories, which link the natural and human sciences. It will be of value for all those dealing with land and landscape study in the broadest sense as academic scientists, researchers and scholars, professionals and practitioners and students.
Content Level »Research
Keywords »Biodiversity - Naveh - Vegetation - Wasser - biosphere - development - ecology - ecosystem - environment
Foreword. Introduction. Part A: Mediterranean issues. 1. Mediterranean ecosystems and vegetation types in California and Israel; Z. Naveh.- 2. Structural and floristic diversity of shrublands and woodlands in northern Israel and other Mediterranean areas; Z. Naveh, R.H. Whittaker.- 3. Fire in the Mediterranean - a landscape ecological perspective; Z. Naveh.- 4. From biodiversity to ecodiversity: a landscape-ecology approach to conservation and restoration; Z. Naveh.- 5. Conservation, restoration, and research priorities for Mediterranean uplands, threatened by global climate change; Z. Naveh.- 6. From biodiversity to ecodiversity - holistic conservation of the biological and cultural diversity of Mediterranean landscapes; Z. Naveh.- 7. The role of fire in the evolution of the Mediterranean cultural landscape in the Pleistocene and Early Holocene with special reference to Mt. Carmel; Z. Naveh.- Part B. Global issues. 8. The development of Tanzania Masailand. A sociological and ecological challenge; Z. Naveh.- 9. The role of landscape ecology in development; Z. Naveh.- 10. Culture and landscape conservation: A landscape ecological perspective; Z. Naveh.- 11. Ecological and cultural landscape restoration and the cultural evolution towards a post-industrial symbiosis between human society and nature; Z. Naveh.- 12. Ten major premises for a holistic conception of multifunctional landscapes; Z. Naveh.- 13. Multifunctional, self-organizing biosphere landscapes and the future of our Total Human Ecosystem; Z. Naveh.- Part C. Recapitulation. 14. The transformation of landscape ecology and restoration ecology into transdisciplinary sciences - recapitulation and revision; Z. Naveh.-