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Scale, Problems of

A LARGE DIVIDE exists between natural and social scientists across the disciplines in terms of how they understand scale in studies of the environment and society. This divide has led to disparate conceptions and uses of scale and few attempts at bridging the divide (even within disciplines). On one side is an understanding of scale that is derived largely from the physical sciences. On the other are conceptions of scale that are a part of traditions within geography and related disciplines that are influenced by critical social theory.

Physical Science Conceptions

Physical science traditions consider three basic types of scale: Process scale, observation scale, and model or conceptual scale. To characterize fully each type of scale, one must specify the following: (1) support (the spatial/temporal coverage ...

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