Geographia Polonica (2004) vol. 77, iss. 2

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The importance of parallel studies on past and present day environmental change

Leszek Starkel

Geographia Polonica (2004) vol. 77, iss. 2, pp. 27-34 : wykr

Abstract

The parallel study of past and present-day environmental changes helps in the betterunderstanding of the relations between processes, their effects, and the long-term trends to themas well as in the recognition of the relations between various temporal and spatial scales. Theauthor characterizes two means of deduction: from processes to effects and in the opposite direction.Especially valuable are studies on the last centuries, in which all groups of methods may beused simultaneously.

Keywords: parallel study on past and present, environmental changes, processes, long-term trends

Leszek Starkel, Institute of Geography and Spatial Organization Polish Academy of Sciences, 31-018 Krakow, Sw. Jana 22, Poland