chapter  5
10 Pages

Land systems: Multi-scale dynamics of human and environmental systems


This chapter examines the context of the Routledge Explorations in Sustainability and Governance series. The development of this multi-scale, multi-dimensional accounting framework for analysis of the nexus of food, energy and water uses theory and lessons from complexity science to address a globally significant challenge for analysis in sustainability. In our view, making the approach operational represents a step toward the development of a quantitative post-Cartesian science that can directly address some of the most complex issues of sustainability and change that are currently faced. In his seminal book The Postmodern Condition, Lyotard predicted a crisis for a model of science that legitimates itself by making reference to some grand meta-narrative about the external world. The development of innovative analytical tools that can be applied to issues of the food, energy and water nexus addresses the distinctive characteristics of sustainability problems.