SOME METHODOLOGICAL REMARKS CONCERNING OF KARST STUDIES FROM THE SYSTEM APPROACH PERSPECTIVE
Viacheslav Andreychouk, Petar Stefanov
A systemic approach in scientific research, including Earth and environmental sciences, has a fairly long history (over 50-70 years). It has demonstrated a high effectiveness in research, and its use is becoming more and more widespread. The article considers selected methodological issues that concern the systemic approach in the field of scientific knowledge about karst (karstology) and caves (speleology), such as: karst as a system-forming factor, holistic approaches in karst research, karst ecosystems and karst geosystem approaches, research methods of white box, grey box and black box testing. The authors suggest that the systemic approach is useful in karstology studies and should undoubtedly be used and developed.
system approach, karst, ecosystem, geosystem
Problems of Geography, 2021, Vol.1, DOI: https://doi.org/10.35101/PRG-2021.1.2
Author: Viacheslav Andreychouk
Affiliation: University of Warsaw, Faculty of Geography and Regional Studies, Poland
Author: Petar Stefanov
Affiliation: National Institute of Geophysics, Geodesy and Geography – BAS, department of Geography, str. Acad. G. Bonchev, bl. 3, Sofia 1113, Bulgaria
The development and experimental application of the geosystem approach to the study of karst in Bulgaria was supported by a number of research projects of the Bulgarian Scientific Research Fund in the period 1992-2020. The last two projects with international participation turned out to be especially effective, namely: “Development of an experimental model of complex monitoring for sustainable development and management of Protected Karst Territories” (ProKARSTerra, No. DO 02.260 / 18.12.2008) and “Current impacts of global changes on evolution of karst (based on the Integrated monitoring of model karst geosystems in Bulgaria)” (ProKARSTerra-GlobalChange, No. DN 4/10 from 20.12.2017).
How to cite:
Andreychouk, V., & Stefanov, P. (2021). Some methodological remarks concerning of karst studies from the system approach perspective. Problems of Geography, 2021, Vol.1, p. 12-24. https://doi.org/10.35101/PRG-2021.1.2