Territorial Fragmentation - the Promise of Stewardship
May 15, 2013
Following up on previous post, it is critical to recognize that too often the biophysical matrix is FRAGMENTED through anthropic intervention. There are many drivers for fragmentation (within anthropic activities).
But it is through the concept of sustainability and sustainability, as well as stewardship, that our human/anthropic interventions take on meaning and value - for we can choose to AUGMENT the biophysical matrix or not …
This idea can often be realised through modeling (see prior post…)
So, we desire to integrate socio-economic factors and biophysical processes into a landscape model - should be easy right… HA !
My question, one which I do not know where to begin to answer, is where or which values drive human decisions for landscape fragmentation…
These biophysical+anthropic processes bring about our environment or landscape which we inhabit…how can we develop PLAUSIBLE alternative futures …. that is key for me…
One issue I am aware of is human/social resistance to change - even with education/recognition. Resistance in management, resilience to change…
Alas, I must begin to better understand the social, spatial and ecological (territorial) drivers and outcomes of fragmentation - of disconnection of the social-ecological network and its interconnected systems. This is not even a clear statement yet …. there is too much here - I must simplify to get at the CORE of what I wish to ‘describe’ - to see these relationships better, to see what links there are …
There may be multiple approaches to this statement :
To better understand the ______, _____ , _____ drivers and outcomes of ____________ and how they are linked.
When I get that statement filled - I then will state HOW I will do this ___________ and research who else has done this and what methods they used _________, ______________, _________….
SO - another approach is “What are the social factors of landscape change?” Ecological Factors are straightforward, but these socio-cultural are hard …
BUT AGAIN - Am i looking for socio-cultural drivers of landscape fragmentation
OR am I looking for socio-ecological factors???
WHAT ARE SOCIO_ECOLOGICAL FACTORS THEN ???
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Social Factors of Landscape Change (fragmentation)
Socio-Ecological Factors of Landscape Change (PUL Fragmentation)
RIGHT - there heterogeneous drivers of landscape change, many of them - I want to get at these underlying political, economic and cultural forces that influence the drivers of human landscape change … (in addition to the environmental or biophysical)..
THIS IS AN integrative environmental/landscape/territorial history. Esp from a landscape ecological approach - which thereby links observed land cover transitions to broader political cultural and economic forces. (Steen- Adans Influence of biophysical societal, ojibwe reservation ….)
MY drivers of landscape change are Biophysical and Anthropic (SES).
Most studies which look at these use two different genres: quantitative and qualitative - GIS analysis techniques and the narrative analysis to assess determinants. The latter includes for example policy factors not captured by quantitative means).
I seek an improved understanding of the spatial and temporal spatial planning (land use? land cover?) dynamics which will facilitate effective land use decisions and designs (sustainability, land use planning, stewardship, etc…)