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Transdisciplinarity – An option for applied landscape ecology in complex and uncertain contexts.

Transdisciplinarity – An option for applied landscape ecology in complex and uncertain contexts.

Karl Herweg, 2010

In: Die Erde: Zeitschrift der Gesellschaft für Erdkunde 141(4):321-339.

Applied landscape ecology is considered to have a limited impact on decision-making. To improve the effectiveness of research, above all, closer cooperation between researchers and nonacademic actors is needed. We argue that a suitable research approach in this context is transdisciplinarity (td). We refer to td as interdisciplinary research that takes place in a complex environment-society context with a strong involvement of non-academic actors during the entire research process. A brief synthesis of a case study focusing on ‘Off-site Effects of Soil Erosion on the Swiss Plateau’ illustrates a promising application of a td approach.

Abstract available at::
http://www.die-erde.de/DIE_ERDE_2010-4_HerwegS.pdf

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