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Big EcologyThe Emergence of Ecosystem Science$
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David Coleman

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780520264755

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520264755.001.0001

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Intellectual Antecedents to Large-Scale Ecosystem Studies

Intellectual Antecedents to Large-Scale Ecosystem Studies

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(p.1) Chapter One Intellectual Antecedents to Large-Scale Ecosystem Studies
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Big Ecology
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David C. Coleman

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520264755.003.0001

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

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