Bridging Scales and Knowledge Systems: Concepts and by World Resources Institute, Millennium Ecosystem Assessment,

By World Resources Institute, Millennium Ecosystem Assessment, Walter Reid, Thomas Wilbanks, Doris Capistrano, Fikret Berkes

Bridging the space among neighborhood wisdom and western technological know-how is key to realizing the world's ecosystems and the ways that people engage with and form these ecosystems. This e-book brings jointly a bunch of world-class scientists in an remarkable attempt to construct a proper framework for linking neighborhood and indigenous wisdom with the worldwide clinical firm. participants discover the demanding situations, expenses, and merits of bridging scales and data platforms in review tactics and in source administration. Case experiences examine numerous efforts to bridge scales, offering very important classes bearing on what has labored, what has now not, and the prices and merits linked to these efforts. Drawing at the groundbreaking paintings of the Millennium Eco-system evaluate, "Bridging Scales and information platforms" can be crucial for destiny efforts to behavior surroundings checks world wide.

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The opportunities for molding findings to fit interests are ever present. Models are important tools in assessment and frequently get rescaled. As the ozone regime was unfolding, initial detailed grid models of the atmosphere to predict exposures important for human health were unjustifiably scaled up to develop transport models that could help assess source-receptor relationships (Farrell, VanDeveer, and Jager 2001). Like maps, models and statistics can be used to both hide and reveal scale-dependent relations.

Consider, for example, top-down regulatory controls versus bottom-up messages through representative democracies. • Constancy: constant or intermittent; periodic or irregular. Consider, for instance, gradual climate change versus technology breakthroughs. • Directionality: mainly in one direction or the other, or mutual. Most often, directionality distinguishes top-down interactions, such as through corporate management frameworks, from feedbacks in both directions through democratic government processes supported by an active free press.

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