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Systemic ManagementSustainable Human Interactions with Ecosystems and the Biosphere$
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Charles W. Fowler

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199540969

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199540969.001.1

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Patterns among species: information

Patterns among species: information

(p.22) CHAPTER 2 Patterns among species: information
Systemic Management

Charles W. Fowler

Oxford University Press

Chapter 2 shows that: (1) ecosystems and the biosphere have structure and function seen in the limits to macroecological patterns, many of which have yet to be discovered and characterized, (2) macroecological patterns provide an empirical basis for assessing and measuring abnormality among species, (3) the emergence behind the formation of patterns serves as basis for understanding patterns as integrative of the complexity we need to account for in management, and (4) the best available scientific information for management is the characterization of patterns that match management questions (i.e., are consonant with such questions). Applied macroecology draws on this consonance to implement the tenets of management that require avoiding the abnormal or pathological, specifically in human interactions with the nonhuman.

Keywords:   ecosystems, biosphere, consonance, applied macroecology, pathological, complexity, species, patterns, limits

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