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By World Resources Institute, Millennium Ecosystem Assessment, Walter Reid, Thomas Wilbanks, Doris Capistrano, Fikret Berkes

Bridging the distance among neighborhood wisdom and western technology is key to realizing the world's ecosystems and the ways that people have interaction with and form these ecosystems. This e-book brings jointly a gaggle of world-class scientists in an exceptional attempt to construct a proper framework for linking neighborhood and indigenous wisdom with the worldwide clinical company. members discover the demanding situations, bills, and merits of bridging scales and data platforms in evaluation approaches and in source administration. Case experiences examine a number of efforts to bridge scales, supplying very important classes referring to what has labored, what has no longer, and the prices and advantages linked to these efforts. Drawing at the groundbreaking paintings of the Millennium Eco-system evaluate, "Bridging Scales and information structures" may be fundamental for destiny efforts to behavior environment exams world wide.

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Another reason is that phenomena, processes, structures, technologies, and stresses operate differently at different scales and thus the implications for action can depend on the scale of observation. 1 is an example from recent research. Yet another reason is that a particular scale may be more or less important at different points in a single cause-consequence continuum and therefore less appropriate for exploring some of the points. 2 is an example. Finally, institutions important for decision making about the processes being examined operate at different scales.

The opportunities for molding findings to fit interests are ever present. Models are important tools in assessment and frequently get rescaled. As the ozone regime was unfolding, initial detailed grid models of the atmosphere to predict exposures important for human health were unjustifiably scaled up to develop transport models that could help assess source-receptor relationships (Farrell, VanDeveer, and Jager 2001). Like maps, models and statistics can be used to both hide and reveal scale-dependent relations.

Of particular value is local knowledge about phenomena and processes not captured by data available to larger-scale analysts and modelers. , Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Cochin University of Science and Technology 2003). Another finding is that involving information and education infrastructures with a demonstrated commitment to the local area is the best way to facilitate cross-scale dialogues (Cash and Moser 2000). For example, communications channeled from global experts to local experts and then communicated by the local experts in interactions with local decision makers work far better than communications channeled between global experts and global decision makers and then between global decision makers and local decision makers (Cash and Moser 2000).

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