Human Social Influences in Agronomic Landscapes

Vanderpool, C.K. and C. Harris

Presented at the All Scientist Meeting (1998-07-21 to 1998-07-22 )

An integrated model of agricultural and natural resource ecosystems requires a multidimensional approach that allows the study of points of interaction between natural and social systems. Key points of integration include chemical, biological, geomorphological and social dimensions. Research on social dimensions in LTER will provide for a better understanding of the factors that influence the adoption and incorporation of different management practices and how human populations evaluate these changes in relation to the environmental impact of agriculture on rural resources.Both natural and social systems have histories, and the essence of LTER is to mark changes in agricultural and natural ecosystems. Shifts in social dimensions that have long term impacts on agricultural and natural resource ecosystems, especially at the KBS LTER site, will be examined. Social dimensions include: a) demographic; b) economic; c) cultural; and d) social structure and relations.Two hypotheses will be researched:Critical research questions:Corollary:Corollary:Key Research foci:Return to Contents

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