.|  The Human Ecosystem Framework

Human Ecological System as a data integrator and interface

Our information and data management approach is centered around an adaptation of the Human Ecosystem Framework (Machlis, Force, and Burch), called the Human Ecological System (HES).  The HES (below) interface serves as a strucuture by which we will integrate, or "hang", Baltimore Ecosystem Study data in a meaningful way.  Although users will be able to access BES data via traditional lists and search engines, our hope is that the HES will stand as our primary mechanism of data transfer thereby solidifying the notion that urban ecology requires a systems approach and when integrated, these data will yield a more meaningful and accurate characterization of the Gywnns Falls Watershed and the ecology of the Baltimore Metropolitan Region.

Critical Resources

Biophysical Resources
Air
Energy
Flora
Fauna
Materials
Nutrients
Land
Water
Socio-Economic Resources
Information
Population
Labor
Capital
Cultural Resources
Organization
Beliefs
Myth
Social System
Social Institutions
Health
Justice
Faith
Commerce
Education
Leisure
Government
Sustenence
Family
Social Cycles
Physiological
Individual
Organizational
Institutional
Environmental
Social Order
Identity
Age
Race
Gender
Class
Caste
Clan
Social Norms
Informal
Formal
Hierarchy
Wealth
Power
Status
Knowledge
Territory
Adapted from Machlis, Force, and Burch, 1994