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Environmental geography

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Environmental geography examines interlinkages between human and natural systems. This discipline combines parts of human geography and physical geography.


History of environmental geography

Environmental determinism

Separation of human and physical geography

Environmental movement

Renewed study in nature-society relations

Branches of environmental geography

Environmental hazards

Energy and resource geography

Cultural and political ecology

Environmental perception

Environmental perception is the study of both individual and group understandings of the environment, the creation of those understandings, and their impacts on decisionmaking.

Systems theory

Landscape studies

Marxian environmental geography

Sustainability studies

Environmental governance

Environmental justice

Environmental justice is a term that includes both the academic study of disparate environmental impacts as well as activism to address those impacts. This body of study grew out of the anti-toxic movement of the 1980's, and the findings of the time that environmental harms often correlated with race, class, or other axes of difference.

Selected list of notable environmental geographers

  • Gilbert Fowler White (1911-2006) - central figure in natural hazards research
  • Carl Sauer (1889-1975) - developed idea of cultural landscapes which evolved into cultural ecology
  • Yi-fu Tuan (1930-) - seminal work in environmental perception
  • David Harvey (1935-) - integrated the environment into Marxist geography


Related fields

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