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Landscape Ecology

, Volume 23, Issue 5, pp 629–631 | Cite as

‘Age of Complexity’ offers opportunity for the multidisciplinary perspective of landscape ecologists

G. Harris, Seeking Sustainability in an Age of Complexity. Cambridge University Press, New York, USA, 2007, 366 pp, 24 cm, Hardcover, US$130, ISBN 0-52187-349-5; Paper, US$55, ISBN 0-52169-532-5
  • C. Ashton Drew
Book Review

So these chapters are about ecology, the way it is done and the way it is used. They are also about landscapes and waterscapes, what we know about them, how they work and how they can be managed. Inevitably they are also about society, culture, place, values and other ways of knowing. I will assert that the world is much more complex and precarious than we have hitherto assumed and that this realisation, together with the increasingly complex relationships within and between society and the environment, will have major implications for the way we conserve, manage and restore landscape, catchments and aquatic ecosystems. (p. 11)

Harris’ essay narrative about complexity and sustainability will challenge the landscape ecology community to carefully consider how they acquire, interpret, and apply ecological knowledge. Traditionally, most ecological research and statistical analyses emphasize methods that minimize the “noise” inherent to complex systems so that we might unravel the “signal”...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of ZoologyBiodiversity & Spatial Information Center, North Carolina State UniversityRaleighUSA

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