COMPARATIVE CRITICAL ANALYSIS OF THE SYSTEMIC APPROACH TO THE ORGANIZATION OF THE ENVIRONMENT FROM THE PERSPECTIVE OF ECOLOGY, GEOGRAPHY AND SPATIAL Cover Image
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COMPARATIVE CRITICAL ANALYSIS OF THE SYSTEMIC APPROACH TO THE ORGANIZATION OF THE ENVIRONMENT FROM THE PERSPECTIVE OF ECOLOGY, GEOGRAPHY AND SPATIAL
COMPARATIVE CRITICAL ANALYSIS OF THE SYSTEMIC APPROACH TO THE ORGANIZATION OF THE ENVIRONMENT FROM THE PERSPECTIVE OF ECOLOGY, GEOGRAPHY AND SPATIAL

Author(s): Alexandru-Ionuţ Petrişor
Subject(s): Cultural Essay, Political Essay, Societal Essay
Published by: Addleton Academic Publishers
Keywords: ecosystem; geosystem; socio-spatial system; biodiversity; geodiversity; landscape

Summary/Abstract: By 2010, the object of ecology would have shifted, since its emergence in 1868, from organisms to communities, then to ecosystems, reaching now the level of complexes of ecosystems, or landscapes. However, the concept of ‘landscape’ has a different meaning for geographers, and another one for spatial planners, to mention just few of the professionals operating with it. Another change occurred across time in the interpretation of concepts between and within these disciplines, most likely as a consequence of adopting the systemic approach. In a more general context, ecologists operate with ecological systems, geographers focus on territorial systems, while spatial planners use the socio-spatial systems in their analyses. Nevertheless, all these different words describe the same objective reality. The purpose of this paper is to critically analyze the different concepts and meanings in an inter- and trans-disciplinary comparative approach to understanding the systemic organization of the environment.

  • Issue Year: 4/2012
  • Issue No: 2
  • Page Range: 289-303
  • Page Count: 15
  • Language: English