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The Baltimore School of Urban EcologySpace, Scale, and Time for the Study of Cities$
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J. Morgan Grove, Mary Cadenasso, Steward Pickett, and Gary Machlis

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780300101133

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300101133.001.0001

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Pixels, Plots, and Parcels

Pixels, Plots, and Parcels

Data Issues and Strategies

(p.113) Five Pixels, Plots, and Parcels
The Baltimore School of Urban Ecology

J. Morgan Grove

Mary L. Cadenasso

Steward T. A. Pickett

Gary E. Machlis

William R. Burch

Yale University Press

This chapter uses a building metaphor and the image of a Greek temple façade to describe an empirical strategy for a transition to an ecology of cities using a patch dynamics approach. In the first section the chapter describes some of the critical building blocks: pixels, plots, and parcels. These building blocks are crucial to the second section, the data platform, which provides the foundation to the building. The third section describes the supporting columns that rest on the foundation and support the roof. These columns are four ways of knowing: long-term monitoring, experiments, comparative analyses, and modeling. Finally, there are the research themes that make up the roof. These research themes are constructed from midrange theories from the biophysical and social sciences.

Keywords:   an ecology of cities, patch dynamics approach, data platform, research themes, long-term monitoring, experiments, comparative analyses, modeling

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