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Ecology, Cognition and Landscape

Linking Natural and Social Systems

Series: Landscape Series, Vol. 11

Farina, Almo

2009, XI, 161p.

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  • Written by a best-selling Springer author
  • Offers a conceptual integration between natural and social science
  • Acts as an introductory text for a very wide variety of disciplinary graduates
  • Builds on recent fields of interest in landscape ecology, e.g., complexity theory, and promises to synthesize these in a balanced, concise manner for graduate students

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.

Content Level » Research

Keywords » Complexity theory - Landscape ecology - Natural sciences - Social sciences - ecology - ecotone - environment

Related subjects » Ecology - Environmental Management - Sustainable Development

Table of contents 

Introduction.- 1. The state of the art of the landscape ecology: 20 years of paradigms and methods.- 2. Toward the essence of the landscape: An epistemological perspective.- 3. Toward a theory of mosaic.- 4. Properties of the mosaics.- 5. The ontogenesis of the landscape: A probabilistic view.- 6. Ecotones.- 7. Measuring and evaluating the ecological mosaics.- 8. The cognitive landscape and the theory of resources.- 9. The landscape as a human agency.- Epilogue; Jan Boagaert.- Index.-

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