376 pages, no illustrations
Explains the difficulties of sustainability and why 'collapse' can occur. In the last twenty years the theory of complexity has been developed - complex systems science (CSS) speaks to natural systems and particularly to ecological, social and economic systems and their interaction.
Due to the growing concern over the huge changes occurring in the global environment, such as climate change, deforestation, habitat fragmentation and loss of biodiversity, Graham Harris sets out what has been learned in an attempt to understand the implications of these changes and suggests ways to move forward. This book discusses a number of emerging tools for the management of 'unruly' complexity which facilitate stronger regional dialogues about knowledge and values.
'An interesting and challenging book for those who see Earth System Science as a way forward.' Bulletin of the British Ecological Society '... a valuable resource for anyone interested in the relevance of complexity theory to applied ecology and the management of natural systems. ... Anyone who believes that landscape ecology offers tools and insights essential to effective management of natural resources and seriously wants to see landscape ecology integrated into management practices will find it an important and rewarding resource.' Landscape Ecology 'We have to be ready with the right ideas and proposals when the time comes and Harris provides a useful and timely synthesis of many of those ideas.' Trends in Ecology and Evolution
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