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Surveillant Science:Challenges for the Management of Rural Environments Emerging from the New Generation Diffuse Pollution Models

Lane, S. N. and Brookes, C. J. and Heathwaite, A. Louise and Reaney, S. (2006) Surveillant Science:Challenges for the Management of Rural Environments Emerging from the New Generation Diffuse Pollution Models. Journal of Agricultural Economics, 57 (2). pp. 239-257. ISSN 1477-9552

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Abstract

Current models of diffuse pollution are characterised by a progressive engagement with remotely-sensed data coupled with more elegant modelling approaches. Central to these new models is the concept of connectivity, which leads to the identification and prioritisation of those landscape units (e.g., fields) where the consequences of land management activities are most readily transmitted to watercourses. The practice of diffuse pollution modelling using such models encounters certain problems. Following Brewer (1999) we argue that interdisciplinarity offers the opportunity to overcome these problems through: (1) its explicit recognition of the framing implicit in model development; (2) an emphasis on context in problem-solving; (3) methodological pluralism; and (4) following from these other factors, the possibility of a different sort of engagement between land managers and modellers. Hence, the case for developing interdisciplinary approaches goes beyond the conventional dictates of problem-led research and points to very different ways of conducting diffuse pollution research, taking on board the full dimensions of interdisciplinarity, with its emphasis on reflexivity, contextuality, substance and engagement.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Agricultural Economics
Additional Information: Surveillant Science: Challenges for the Management of Rural Environments Emerging from the New Generation Diffuse Pollution Models 10.1111/j.1477-9552.2006.00050.x
Subjects: UNSPECIFIED
Departments: Faculty of Science and Technology > Lancaster Environment Centre
ID Code: 49720
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 14 Sep 2011 12:59
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 09 Apr 2014 22:41
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/49720

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