Understanding Urban Ecosystems

A New Frontier for Science and Education
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ISBN-13:
9780387952376
Einband:
Paperback
Erscheinungsdatum:
06.12.2002
Seiten:
556
Autor:
Alan R. Berkowitz
Gewicht:
832 g
Format:
235x155x29 mm
Sprache:
Englisch
Beschreibung:

Nowhere on Earth is the challenge for ecological understanding greater, and yet more urgent, than in those parts of the globe where human activity is most intense - cities. People need to understand how cities work as ecological systems so they can take control of the vital links between human actions and environmental quality, and work for an ecologically and economically sustainable future. An ecosystem approach integrates biological, physical and social factors and embraces historical and geographical dimensions, providing our best hope for coping with the complexity of cities. This book is a first of its kind effort to bring together leaders in the biological, physical and social dimensions of urban ecosystem research with leading education researchers, administrators and practitioners, to show how an understanding of urban ecosystems is vital for urban dwellers to grasp the fundamentals of ecological and environmental science, and to understand their own environment.
Nowhere on Earth is the challenge for ecological understanding greater, and yet more urgent, than in those parts of the globe where
human activity is most intense - cities. This book is a first of its
kind effort to bring together leaders in the biological, physical and
social dimensions of urban ecosystem research with leading education
researchers, administrators and practitioners, to show how an
understanding of urban ecosystems is vital for urban dwellers to grasp
the fundamentals of ecological and environmental science and to
understand their own environment.
Introduction: Ecosystem understanding is a key to understanding cities * Why ianding urban ecosystems an important frontier for education and educators? * The role of understanding urban ecosystems in community development * Why is understanding urban ecosystems important to people concerned about environmental justice? * Why is a developing a broad understanding of urban ecosystems important to science and scientists? * Natural ecosystems in cities - a model for cities as ecosystems * An ecosystem approach to understanding cities: familiar foundations and uncharted frontiers* Understanding urban ecosystems: an ecological economics perspective * Social science concepts and frameworks for understanding urban ecosystems * The future of urban ecosystem education from a social scientist's perspective * A social ecology approach to understanding urban ecosystems and landscapes * The historical dimension of urban ecology: Frameworks and concepts * The ecoscape and the city * A human ecology model for the Tianjin urban ecosystem * Psychological and ecological perspectives on the development of systems thinking * Toward ecology literacy: Contributions from Project 2061 science literacy reform tools * (Cont.)

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