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System Theory in Geomorphology


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April 2012

Beschreibung

Beschreibung

Empirical research needs a profound theory to be successful. This is the simple but, in its consequences, radical approach for this study in geomorphology. It critically analyses the current system understanding and offers a new view for a geomorphology that understands systems as being open but at the same time operationally closed, as self-organized, structure-building and potentially self-referential. Kirsten von Elverfeldt succeeds in designing a theoretical framework that sets new standards within Physical Geography. By using state-of-the-art concepts in system theory, it offers also new bridges to Human Geography as well as to other neighbouring disciplines.This book was awarded the Dissertation prize 2010 of the German Working Group in Geomorphology of the DGfG and the Hans Bobek-prize of the ÖGG (Austrian Geographical Society).

Inhaltsverzeichnis

Foreword Preface 1. (System-)Theoretical thinking: A challenge to geomorphology? 2. Observation and distinction: the underlying method Part I: Problem areas 3. First problem area: Coherence of basic assumptions and concepts 4. Second problem area: Openness and determinacy 5. Third problem area: The physical basis 6. Fourth problem area: Equilibria 7. Fifth problem area: Complexity and non-linearity 8. Tentative conclusions in two steps Part II: Consequences and implications 9. Epistemological consequences 10. Practical implications 11. Meeting the challenge: An approach towards a geomorphological system theory 12. Summary 13. References Index

Portrait

Kirsten von Elverfeldt studierte Geographie, Bodenkunde und Meteorologie in Bonn und Cork. Ihre Promotion schloss sie an der Universität Wien ab, an der sie auch als Dozentin tätig war. Zur Zeit ist sie als Postdoc-Assistentin an der Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt angestellt. Ihre Forschungsschwerpunkte sind Geomorphologie, Systemtheorie(n) und Mensch/Umwelt-Beziehungen.
EAN: 9789400728219
ISBN: 9400728212
Untertitel: Challenges, Epistemological Consequences and Practical Implications. 2012. Auflage. 9 schwarz-weiße und 4 farbige Abbildungen. Sprache: Englisch.
Verlag: Springer-Verlag GmbH
Erscheinungsdatum: April 2012
Seitenanzahl: XIV
Format: gebunden
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