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Title (Primary) Deep impact: coping with the consequences of reshaping our landscapes exemplified at open cast mining
Title (Secondary) Securing the future/8th ICARD, Skellefteå/Sweden, 23.-26.06.2009
Author Haase, D.; Groß, M.; Wendt-Potthoff, K.; Schultze, M.;
Year 2009
Department CLE; SEEFO; SUSOZ;
Language englisch;
Abstract Primarily open-cast mining activities have led to radical alterations of the affected landscape unlike other human impacts on the earth's surface. Resulting from images of the destroyed prior landscapes there is a desire and there are plans to redesign these areas into more natural landscapes. But, in fact, post-mining landscapes do not represent the same landscape functionality and structure as they held before. Unlike the idea of resilience or the capacity to absorb disturbance, or complexity theory describing processes of adaptation and emergence, post-mining landscapes as we understand it are completely new landscapes including its socio-economic features which has been invented and not adapted to something. Since these new landscapes contain functions of the prior and structures of a new system, a systemic view on these "fundamentally altered landscape" seems appropriate that bases on existing knowledge on the former landscape and opens the floor for new feedbacks. To introduce such an approach is the purpose of the paper. Based on an exhaustive literature review we will discuss shortcomings of existing impact assessment approaches used for mining activities and potentials as regards the strict integration of social and ecological factors in order to suggest a more system-dynamics based evaluation approach that can be applied to foreseeable bigimpacts. Its novelty lies in the explicit incorporation of social science findings and methods as well as the formulation of feedback loops from impact to driver in order to incorporate unexpected changes which normally fall into the domain of ignorance.
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Persistent UFZ Identifier http://www.ufz.de/index.php?en=20939&ufzPublicationIdentifier=229
Haase, D., Groß, M., Wendt-Potthoff, K., Schultze, M. (2009):
Deep impact: coping with the consequences of reshaping our landscapes exemplified at open cast mining
Securing the future/8th ICARD, Skellefteå/Sweden, 23.-26.06.2009
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