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The science of open spaces : theory and practice for conserving large, complex systems

Author: Charles G Curtin
Publisher: Washington, DC : Island Press, [2015]
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This publication proposes that we return to ℓ́ℓfirst principlesℓ́ℓ--fundamental physical laws of the universe--and think about complex systems from the ground up based on modern scientific theory backed up by practical experience.℗ℓ Since the days of the American Frontier, our management policies have promoted a one-size-fits-all mentality for large, complex landscapes. Landscape ecologist Charles Curtin argues that  Read more...
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Title: The science of open spaces : theory and practice for conserving large, complex systems /
Database Name: WorldCat
All Authors / Contributors: Charles G Curtin
ISBN: 9781610912051; 1610912055
Notes: Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Content: 1. Integrating conservation and complexity through the perspective of place -- 2. experiments in post-normal science in southwestern Rangelands -- 3. Experiments in the Governance of Maine's coastal fisheries -- 4. Conceptual Under pinnings for preserving open spaces -- 5. Resilience and the socioecological synthesis -- 6. Practical aspects of sustaining open spaces.
Description: 1 online resource
Contents: 1. Integrating conservation and complexity through the perspective of place -- 2. experiments in post-normal science in southwestern Rangelands -- 3. Experiments in the Governance of Maine's coastal fisheries -- 4. Conceptual Under pinnings for preserving open spaces -- 5. Resilience and the socioecological synthesis -- 6. Practical aspects of sustaining open spaces.
Responsibility: Charles G. Curtin.
Genre/Form: Electronic books.
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Language Note: English.
Year: 2015
Standard Numbers: Stock no: 4573718; Stock no: E2759EB4-6448-4332-A972-5DD846571A17; National Library: 019140545
Class Descriptors: LC Class No.: QH541.15.L35; Dewey No.: 577.5
OCLC No.: 908145808

Abstract:

This publication proposes that we return to ℓ́ℓfirst principlesℓ́ℓ--fundamental physical laws of the universe--and think about complex systems from the ground up based on modern scientific theory backed up by practical experience.℗ℓ Since the days of the American Frontier, our management policies have promoted a one-size-fits-all mentality for large, complex landscapes. Landscape ecologist Charles Curtin argues that instead we need a science-based approach that accounts for the dynamic nature of complex systems and gives local stakeholders a say in their futures. Curtin walks us through foundational concepts of thermodynamics, ecology, sociology, and resilience theory, applying them to real-world examples from years he has spent designing large-scale, place-based collaborative research programs in the United States and around the world.
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