Landscape Scales

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A wide range of ecosystem-based strategies consider assessment and action at different geographic scales. There is not single model for describing scale in either social systems or ecological systems..


  • Feibleman 1954 describes the relationships among scales as being important for the integration of scientific knowledge, writing from a time when scientific knowledge was becoming increasingly specialized and narrow.
  • Yeomans 1958 encourages the consideration of "scales of permanence" which describes how design drivers and elements like climate, landform, hydrology, soils, vegetation, access, and should be considered at different spatial scales, because of their relative temporal permanence.