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Spatial scale is a specific application of the term scale for describing or categorizing (e.g. into orders of magnitude) the size of a space (hence spatial), or the extent of it at which a phenomenon or process occurs.
For instance, in physics an object or phenomenon can be called microscopic if too small to be visible. In climatology, a micro-climate is a climate which might occur in a mountain, valley or near a lake shore. In statistics, a megatrend is a political, social, economical, environmental or technological trend which involves the whole planet or is supposed to last a very large amount of time. The concept is also used in geography, astronomy, and meteorology.
These divisions are somewhat arbitrary; where, on this table, mega- is assigned global scope, it may only apply continentally or even regionally in other contexts. The interpretations of meso- and macro- must then be adjusted accordingly.
|Examples of scales in geography and metereology|
|Micro||1 m – 1 km||1 m2 – 1 km2||local|
|Meso||1 km - 100 km||1 km2 - 10,000 km2||regional|
|Macro||100 km - 10,000 km||10,000 km2 - 100,000,000 km2||continental|
|Mega||> 10,000 km||> 100,000,000 km2||global|
- "Scale". The Pennsylvania State University. 2020. Retrieved 21 December 2020.