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Intellectual Antecedents to Large-Scale Ecosystem Studies

David C. Coleman

in Big Ecology

Published by University of California Press

Published in print May 2010 | ISBN: 9780520264755
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520945739 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520264755.003.0001
Intellectual Antecedents to Large-Scale Ecosystem Studies

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International scientific collaborations have a long and brilliant history that extends back into the nineteenth century. Biological programs were not as successful as the programs in physics and astronomy until the advent of the International Biological Program (IBP) in the middle of the twentieth century. Prior to the IBP, it was only the International Geophysical Year (IGY) that had a beneficial impact beyond immediate research. The IGY helped to make the case that environmental processes are global in scale and interconnected across disciplines. This program's success and public support helped set the stage for “big ecology” and the use of advance technology in studies of ecosystem change.

Keywords: International Geophysical Year; International Biological Program; ecosystem studies; research

Chapter.  4582 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Animal Pathology and Diseases

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