Perspectives of Social and Ecological Systems: chapter 18

Paul Tett, Audun Sandberg, Anne Mette, Denis Bailly, Marta Estrada, Thomas Sawyer Hopkins, Maurizio Ribeira d'Alcala, Loraine McFadden

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ICZM depends on an understanding of the coastal zone system to be managed. During the SPICOSA project, the authors¿ task was to provide teams engaged in applications of the `Systems Approach Framework¿ with a theoretical basis for understanding these systems in terms of ecological, economic, and social structures and processes. This chapter briefly considers disciplinary approaches to conceptualizing coastal zones, and draws on these and the ideas of a number of twentieth-century thinkers, including Habermas, Luhmann, and Popper, to propose an interdisciplinary model of coastal `social¿ecological¿ systems. The model takes the form of a three-dimensional, animated object which can be seen at The use of the conceptual model is illustrated briefly in an application to a system in western Scotland which is losing its integrity under globalization.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGlobal Challenges in Integrated Coastal Zone Management
EditorsErland Mokness, Einar Dahl, Josianne Støttrup
Place of PublicationChichester
Publication statusPublished - 2013


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