Abstract

Geographers are inherently focused on the integrated processes and systems that comprise the physical and social environment; however, to date, geographic research on scale has remained relatively isolated within subdisciplines. While scale has become an increasingly important research topic in the field of geography, little effort has been made to identify commonality between research themes. This article investigates scalar issues among five research themes within geography, which are physical geography, human geography, the modifiable areal unit problem, geographic information science, and nature and society. The thrust of this paper is threefold: (i) to review scalar issues among the five research themes; (ii) to discuss alternative theoretical frameworks to investigate scale; and (iii) to call for greater theoretical and methodological integration to help resolve scalar issues.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)681-697
Number of pages17
JournalGeography Compass
Volume3
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 2009

Fingerprint

multiple stress
Multitasking
geography
information science
Information science
physical geography
human geography
thrust

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atmospheric Science
  • Computers in Earth Sciences
  • Earth-Surface Processes
  • Water Science and Technology
  • Social Sciences(all)

Cite this

Multi-tasking : Scale in geography. / Ruddell, Darren; Wentz, Elizabeth.

In: Geography Compass, Vol. 3, No. 2, 2009, p. 681-697.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Ruddell, Darren ; Wentz, Elizabeth. / Multi-tasking : Scale in geography. In: Geography Compass. 2009 ; Vol. 3, No. 2. pp. 681-697.
@article{f8892c2f88d24f29bf3d8c100a5a3767,
title = "Multi-tasking: Scale in geography",
abstract = "Geographers are inherently focused on the integrated processes and systems that comprise the physical and social environment; however, to date, geographic research on scale has remained relatively isolated within subdisciplines. While scale has become an increasingly important research topic in the field of geography, little effort has been made to identify commonality between research themes. This article investigates scalar issues among five research themes within geography, which are physical geography, human geography, the modifiable areal unit problem, geographic information science, and nature and society. The thrust of this paper is threefold: (i) to review scalar issues among the five research themes; (ii) to discuss alternative theoretical frameworks to investigate scale; and (iii) to call for greater theoretical and methodological integration to help resolve scalar issues.",
author = "Darren Ruddell and Elizabeth Wentz",
year = "2009",
doi = "10.1111/j.1749-8198.2008.00206.x",
language = "English (US)",
volume = "3",
pages = "681--697",
journal = "Geography Compass",
issn = "1749-8198",
publisher = "Wiley-Blackwell",
number = "2",

}

TY - JOUR

T1 - Multi-tasking

T2 - Scale in geography

AU - Ruddell, Darren

AU - Wentz, Elizabeth

PY - 2009

Y1 - 2009

N2 - Geographers are inherently focused on the integrated processes and systems that comprise the physical and social environment; however, to date, geographic research on scale has remained relatively isolated within subdisciplines. While scale has become an increasingly important research topic in the field of geography, little effort has been made to identify commonality between research themes. This article investigates scalar issues among five research themes within geography, which are physical geography, human geography, the modifiable areal unit problem, geographic information science, and nature and society. The thrust of this paper is threefold: (i) to review scalar issues among the five research themes; (ii) to discuss alternative theoretical frameworks to investigate scale; and (iii) to call for greater theoretical and methodological integration to help resolve scalar issues.

AB - Geographers are inherently focused on the integrated processes and systems that comprise the physical and social environment; however, to date, geographic research on scale has remained relatively isolated within subdisciplines. While scale has become an increasingly important research topic in the field of geography, little effort has been made to identify commonality between research themes. This article investigates scalar issues among five research themes within geography, which are physical geography, human geography, the modifiable areal unit problem, geographic information science, and nature and society. The thrust of this paper is threefold: (i) to review scalar issues among the five research themes; (ii) to discuss alternative theoretical frameworks to investigate scale; and (iii) to call for greater theoretical and methodological integration to help resolve scalar issues.

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?scp=63149091083&partnerID=8YFLogxK

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/citedby.url?scp=63149091083&partnerID=8YFLogxK

U2 - 10.1111/j.1749-8198.2008.00206.x

DO - 10.1111/j.1749-8198.2008.00206.x

M3 - Article

AN - SCOPUS:63149091083

VL - 3

SP - 681

EP - 697

JO - Geography Compass

JF - Geography Compass

SN - 1749-8198

IS - 2

ER -