In many aspects science becomes conducted wadays through techlogy and preferential criteria of ecomy. Thus investigation and kwledge is evidently linked to a speci?c purpose. Especially Earth science is confronted with two major human perspectives concerning our natural environment:sustainability of resources and assessment of risks. Both aspects are expressing urgent needs of the living society, but in the same way those needs are addressing a long lasting fundamental challenge which has so far t been met. Following on the patterns of ecomy and techlogy, the key is presumed to be found through a devel- mentoffeasibleconceptsforamanagement ofbothournaturalenvironmentand in one or the other way the realm of life. Although new techniques for obser- tion and analysis led to an increase of rather speci?c kwledge about particular phemena, yet we fail w even more frequently to avoid unforeseen impli- tions and sudden changes of a situation. Obviously the improved techlogical tools and the assigned expectations on a management of nature still exceed our traditional scienti?c experience and accumulated competence. Earth- and Life- Sciences are wadays exceedingly faced with the puzzling nature of an almost boundless network of relations, i. e. , the complexity of phemena with respect to their variability. The disciplinary tations and their particular approaches arethuslongeraccountingsu?cientlyfortherecordedcontextofphemena, for their permanent variability and their unpredictable implications. The large environmental changes of glacial climatic cycles, for instance, demonstrate this complexity of such a typical phemelogy.
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