Over the past twenty years, geography as an academic discipline has become more and more reflective, asking the key questions 'What are we doing?' 'Why are we doing it?'. These questions have, so far, been more enthusiastically taken up by human geography rather than physical geography. Contemporary Meanings in Physical Geography aims to redress the balance. Written and edited by a distinguished group of physical geographers, Contemporary Meanings in Physical Geography comprises of a collection of international writer's thoughts which reveal personal motivations, and look at tensions in the worlds of meaning in which physical geography is involved. How are the meanings of the physical environment derived? Is the future of physical geography one where the only, or at least the dominant, meanings are framed in the contexts of environmental issues. Covering a diverse and lively selection of topics, the contributors of this book offer guides to the contemporary debates in the philosophy of physical geography, and introduce the reader to its wider cultural significance. This book is an essential companion to anyone studying, or with an interest in, physical geography.... cases, the objective being to develop an explanation of the mechanisms that generate the phenomenon under investigation. ... the realist approach is not totally absent in climatology as intensive process-based case studies can help inform the ... a widely recognized scientific achievement that for a period provides model problems and solutions to a community of ... which not only has been the basis of short-term weather forecasting and analysis for over 75 years, but also has beenanbsp;...
|Title||:||Contemporary Meanings in Physical Geography|
|Publisher||:||Routledge - 2014-04-08|