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Social-ecological systems in the Anthropocene: the need for integrating social and biophysical records at regional scales

Social-ecological systems in the Anthropocene: the need for integrating social and biophysical records at regional scales
Social-ecological systems in the Anthropocene: the need for integrating social and biophysical records at regional scales
Understanding social-ecological system dynamics is a major research priority for sustainable management of landscapes, ecosystems and resources. But the lack of multi-decadal records represents an important gap in information that hinders the development of the research agenda. Without improved information on the long-term and complex interactions between causal factors and responses, it will be difficult to answer key questions about trends, rates of change, tipping points, safe operating spaces and pre-impact conditions. Where available long-term monitored records are too short or lacking, palaeoenvironmental sciences may provide continuous multi-decadal records for an array of ecosystem states, processes and services. Combining these records with conventional sources of historical information from instrumental monitoring records, official statistics and enumerations, remote sensing, archival documents, cartography and archaeology produces an evolutionary framework for reconstructing integrated regional histories. We demonstrate the integrated approach with published case studies from Australia, China, Europe and North America.
complex systems science, ecosystem services, IGBP-PAGES, palaeoenvironmental records, social-ecological systems, sustainable management, tipping points
2053-020X
1-27
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Dearing, J.A., Acma, B., Bub, S., Chambers, F.M., Chen, X., Cooper, J., Crook, D., Dong, X.H., Dotterweich, M., Edwards, M.E., Foster, T.H., Gaillard, M.J., Galop, D., Gell, P., Gil, A., Jeffers, E., Jones, R.T., Anupama, K., Langdon, P.G., Marchant, R., Mazier, F., McLean, C.E., Nunes, L.H., Sukumar, R., Suryaprakash, I., Umer, M., Yang, X.D., Wang, R. and Zhang, K. (2015) Social-ecological systems in the Anthropocene: the need for integrating social and biophysical records at regional scales. The Anthropocene Review, 1-27. (doi:10.1177/2053019615579128).

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Understanding social-ecological system dynamics is a major research priority for sustainable management of landscapes, ecosystems and resources. But the lack of multi-decadal records represents an important gap in information that hinders the development of the research agenda. Without improved information on the long-term and complex interactions between causal factors and responses, it will be difficult to answer key questions about trends, rates of change, tipping points, safe operating spaces and pre-impact conditions. Where available long-term monitored records are too short or lacking, palaeoenvironmental sciences may provide continuous multi-decadal records for an array of ecosystem states, processes and services. Combining these records with conventional sources of historical information from instrumental monitoring records, official statistics and enumerations, remote sensing, archival documents, cartography and archaeology produces an evolutionary framework for reconstructing integrated regional histories. We demonstrate the integrated approach with published case studies from Australia, China, Europe and North America.

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e-pub ahead of print date: 31 March 2015
Published date: 25 April 2015
Keywords: complex systems science, ecosystem services, IGBP-PAGES, palaeoenvironmental records, social-ecological systems, sustainable management, tipping points
Organisations: Palaeoenvironment Laboratory (PLUS)

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Local EPrints ID: 376581
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/376581
ISSN: 2053-020X
PURE UUID: ab7ceffc-73bf-4bf4-9c43-d6047f9ba702
ORCID for J.A. Dearing: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-1466-9640
ORCID for M.E. Edwards: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-3490-6682
ORCID for P.G. Langdon: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0003-2724-2643

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Date deposited: 01 May 2015 13:08
Last modified: 03 Dec 2019 01:57

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Author: J.A. Dearing ORCID iD
Author: B. Acma
Author: S. Bub
Author: F.M. Chambers
Author: X. Chen
Author: J. Cooper
Author: D. Crook
Author: X.H. Dong
Author: M. Dotterweich
Author: M.E. Edwards ORCID iD
Author: T.H. Foster
Author: M.J. Gaillard
Author: D. Galop
Author: P. Gell
Author: A. Gil
Author: E. Jeffers
Author: R.T. Jones
Author: K. Anupama
Author: P.G. Langdon ORCID iD
Author: R. Marchant
Author: F. Mazier
Author: C.E. McLean
Author: L.H. Nunes
Author: R. Sukumar
Author: I. Suryaprakash
Author: M. Umer
Author: X.D. Yang
Author: R. Wang
Author: K. Zhang

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