What can we learn from a joint perspective?
Coupling of the disciplinary perspectives on the term landscape stimulates new approaches towards research on the tank cascade systems. The construction of tanks from the third century BCE onwards affected the social as well as natural environment of the inhabitants of the dry zone in Sri Lanka. The technology of storing water in the wet seasons for paddy cultivation for instance increases food security and effected the tax systems. For instance…
Construction and maintenance of the tank dam required specific technical skills and knowledge. But ancient societies benefited also from the retention capacity of tanks during high flood events and as a measure to control soil erosion. The natural landscape system reacted on the numerous tanks by changes on the water cycle and sediment fluxes.
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