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Fundamental Processes in EcologyAn earth systems approach$
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David M Wilkinson

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780198568469

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198568469.001.0001

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From processes to systems

From processes to systems

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(p.131) 11. From processes to systems
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Fundamental Processes in Ecology
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David M. Wilkinson

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198568469.003.0011

This chapter draws together the various themes in the book and argues for the importance of a systems view of global ecology. It also briefly considers models which may help understand the evolution of Gaia, and considers the priorities of conservation biology from an Earth Systems perspective. It points out that a systems view of nature — replete with feedbacks — is a remarkably recent way of viewing the world, but one that is crucial to understanding the Earth system and the changes we are making to it.

Keywords:   Gaia, evolution, feedback, systems approach, conservation

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