Scale and Cross-Scale Dynamics: Governance and Information in A Multilevel World. Cash, D.W., W. Adger, F. Berkes, P. Garden, L. Lebel, P. Olsson, L. Pritchard, and O. Young (2006).
Cross, Adger, Berkes, etc. discuss the importance and versatility of scale and cross-scale dynamic’s roles in managing environmental data. Scales can be spatial, worldly, quantitative or logical measurements used to gauge and concentrate any marvel. In Figure 3, a cross-scale is used in order to convey the spatial and temporal dimensions of bio geophysical phenomena and two human domains. Spatial and temporal scales are typically used in conjunction due to spatial scales being a little more general whereas temporal cover multiple areas (ie rates, durations, and frequencies). More specifically, if read correctly Figure 3 provides an insight to farmers about water supplies, prices of the crops at harvest and even weather. All of those things directly impact the biosphere which is composed of air, water, soil and a few other components. The breakdown of the graph is intriguing thus, teaching its readers that environmental science can be engaging and fun.
With that being said, there are a few challenges with the proper usage and interpretations of scales. To begin with being, the inability to perceive imperative scale and level communications through and through. Obliviousness is the greatest obstacle with regards to challenges. Examples take place in the management arena are national policies that hinders local policies. In these cases, it is often for small scale issues to turn into something much larger. The second is the constancy of jumbles amongst levels and scales in human condition frameworks. Furthermore, if the input to the system is incorrect due to a mismatch, the priority can be greatly unexaggerated. This can be especially dangerous because it can skew the kinetics and dimensions. The last issue is the inability to perceive heterogeneity in how scales are seen and values by various factors. It is imperative to keep in mind that when environmental data is incorrectly documented or interpreted, a devastating aftermath may very well follow.
Throughout the document, it is expressed that there is no panacea for all the challenges that comes with scales and cross scales. Scale challenges are spreading generally and the misguided judgment of scale is the reason social orders all through history have confronted difficulties of manageability. One of the more promising solutions is co-management. Having multiple perspectives can cause conflict, but in the end, works out because no one person can do what they please.