A Companion to Environmental Geography. Wiley Blackwell Companions to Geography

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  • Book
  • 604 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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In recent years the number of physical and human geographers with interests in the tangled relationships between environment and society has grown considerably. Fueled by resurgent public and governmental concern about ′the human impact′ on the non–human world, there is currently more research and teaching activity in the marchlands between ′pure′ physical and ′pure′ human geography than ever before.

In over 30 chapters A Companion to Environmental Geography brings together international expertise from across the discipline to map the growing middle ground between physical and human geography and explore human–environment relationships.

Taking in a range of topics from remote sensing and ethnography to biodiversity, geoarchaeology, and environmental governance, this Companion is the first book to provide comprehensive and systematic coverage of this emergent area of study.

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Acknowledgements viii

List of Contributors ix

1 Introduction: Making Sense of Environmental Geography 1Noel Castree, David Demeritt and Diana Liverman

Part I Concepts 17

2 Nature 19Bruce Braun

3 Sustainability 37Becky Mansfield

4 Biodiversity 50Karl S. Zimmerer

5 Complexity, Chaos and Emergence 66Steven M. Manson

6 Uncertainty and Risk 81James D. Brown and Sarah L. Damery

7 Scale 95Nathan F. Sayre

8 Vulnerability and Resilience to Environmental Change: Ecological and Social Perspectives 109W. Neil Adger and Katrina Brown

9 Commodification 123Scott Prudham

Part II Approaches 143

10 Earth–System Science 145John Wainwright

11 Land Change (Systems) Science 168B. L. Turner II

12 Ecology: Natural and Political 181Matthew D. Turner

13 Quaternary Geography and the Human Past 198Jamie Woodward

14 Environmental History 223Georgina H. Endfield

15 Landscape, Culture and Regional Studies: Connecting the Dots 238Kenneth R. Olwig

16 Ecological Modernisation and Industrial Transformation 253Arthur P. J. Mol and Gert Spaargaren

17 Marxist Political Economy and the Environment 266George Henderson

18 After Nature: Entangled Worlds 294Owain Jones

Part III Practices 313

19 Remote Sensing and Earth Observation 315Heiko Balzter

20 Modelling and Simulation 336George L. W. Perry

21 Integrated Assessment 357James Tansey

22 Ethnography 370Kevin St. Martin and Marianna Pavlovskaya

23 Analysing Environmental Discourses and Representations 385Tom Mels

24 Deliberative and Participatory Approaches in Environmental Geography 400Jason Chilvers

Part IV Topics 419

25 Ecosystem Prediction and Management 421Robert A. Francis

26 Environment and Development 442Tom Perreault

27 Natural Hazards 461Daanish Mustafa

28 Environmental Governance 475Gavin Bridge and Tom Perreault

29 Commons 498James McCarthy

30 Water 515Karen Bakker

31 Energy Transformations and Geographic Research 533Scott Jiusto

32 Food and Agriculture in a Globalising World 552Richard Le Heron

33 Environment and Health 567Hilda E. Kurtz and Karen E. Smoyer–Tomic

Index 580

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"A Companion to Environmental Geography will likely become a landmark, not only for having put forward the basics of a potentially emergent subfield in geography but also because of its contribution to the development of an agenda for geography at large, concerning both the conversation across the divide and geography′s current entanglements with other scientific fields." (Geographical Review, 1 January 2012)

"All of the chapters have detailed bibliographies, and the index provides comprehensive cross–listings." (Choice, 1 February 2010)

"Well considered, written and presented. A timely addition to Wiley–Blackwell′s Companion series." (Progress in Psychical Geography, September 2009)

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