By Graeme S. Cumming

Spatial Resilience is a brand new and interesting quarter of interdisciplinary examine. It specializes in the impact of spatial edition – together with things like spatial situation, context, connectivity, and dispersal – at the resilience of advanced structures, and at the roles that resilience and self-organization play in producing spatial version. Professor Cumming offers a readable advent and a primary accomplished synthesis masking the middle innovations and purposes of spatial resilience to the research of social-ecological platforms. The e-book follows a trajectory from innovations via types, equipment, and case research research prior to revisiting the principal difficulties within the additional conceptual improvement of the sphere. within the approach, the writer levels from the routine of lions in northern Zimbabwe to the city jungles of Europe, and from the cave in of earlier societies to the social affects of contemporary clash. the various case experiences and examples mentioned within the ebook exhibit how the concept that of spatial resilience can generate worthy insights into the spatial dynamics of social-ecological structures and give a contribution to fixing the most urgent difficulties of our time. even though it has been written essentially for college kids, this ebook will offer interesting interpreting for interdisciplinary scientists in any respect occupation levels in addition to for the public.

In this engagingly crafted booklet Graeme Cumming presents a singular, and that i think vital, synthesis of spatial facets of the resilience of coupled ecological and social structures.

Robert D. Holt, Eminent student and Arthur R. Marshall Jr.

Chair in Ecology, college of Florida

Graeme Cumming, imperative within the improvement of resilience considering and thought, has produced an excellent publication on spatial resilience, the 1st ever in this subject. The booklet turns into a shining celebrity, a vintage within the explosion of recent principles and ways to learning and figuring out social-ecological systems.

Carl Folke, technological know-how Director of the Stockholm Resilience Centre and

Director of the Beijer Institute of Ecological Economics.

This ebook is the 1st large synthesis of spatial resilience in platforms of people and nature, and exposes the ability of spatial ways for interdisciplinary analyses of resilience. it's a pioneering contribution to a box that's poised for speedy expansion.

Steve chippie, Director, middle for Limnology, college of Wisconsin-Madison

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Somewhat confusingly, they also discuss ‘spatial sources of resilience’. Peterson (2002) used spatial resilience in a different way, to refer to the resilience of a landscape to change. Obura (2005), citing Nystrom and Folke (2001) and Bengtsson et al. ’ I favour a somewhat broader definition, and one that I feel better captures the spirit of the discussions that I have had with colleagues on this and related topics over the last decade: Spatial resilience refers to the ways in which spatial variation in relevant variables, both inside and outside the system of interest, influences (and is influenced by) system resilience across multiple spatial and temporal scales.

The resilience of big river basins. Water International, 11, 63–95. Cumming, G. , et al. (2005). An exploratory framework for the empirical measurement of resilience. Ecosystems, 8, 975–987. Cumming, G. , & Southworth, J. (2008). Environmental asymmetries. In J. Norberg & G. S. ), Complexity theory for a sustainable future (pp. 15–45). New York: Columbia University Press. Cumming, G. , & Collier, J. (2005). Change and identity in complex systems. org/vol10/iss21/art29/ 30 2 Conceptual Background on Social-Ecological Systems and Resilience Cumming, G.

It’s a well-known economic phenomenon but tragic to see it in operation, for the more shoe shops there were, the more shoes Defining Complex Systems and Spatial Resilience 21 they had to make and the worse and more unwearable they became. And the worse they were to wear, the more people had to buy to keep themselves shod, and the more the shops proliferated, until the economy of the place passed what I believe is termed the Shoe Event Horizon, and it became no longer economically possible to build anything other than shoe shops.

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