Geography 1500F/G Lecture Notes - Lecture 2: University Of Western Ontario, Ecosystem Services, Virtual Water

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1500f: Lecture 2: Wednesday September 14th, 2016: Global Systems
Main Ideas: Space, place and time
Space and Place
Space: the locations of events, places and phenomena
o Where things occur (often represented on maps)
o More objective
UWO as a space:
Physical location in London
Educational institute
Aspects of the built environment
UWO as a place:
Academic reputation
Party school?
Purple pride?
Close knit community?
Soja: a hierarchy of nested locales
Global, national, regional, local, household, the body… and more
These levels are not rigid and fixed
Temporal scale
Time usually seen as linear
Long and short term connections
Set boundaries of how we interpret problems and solutions
Ecosystem Services
A way to account for different kinds of benefits that ecosystems provide
Makes visible many things that are usually invisible in economic discussions
about benefits and costs
Example: Biofuels
o Provisioning: energy
o Supporting: photosynthesis
o Regulating: climate
o Cultural: stewardship
Jatropha Plant
Cultural supporting: small scale (medicine)
Provisioning: large scale (fuel)
Environmental footprints
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