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Human–environment interactions: learning from the past

Dearing, J.A., Battarbee, R.W., Dikau, R., Larocque, I. and Oldfield, F. (2006) Human–environment interactions: learning from the past Regional Environmental Change, 6, (1-2), pp. 1-16. (doi:10.1007/s10113-005-0011-8).

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The analysis of palaeoenvironmental archives—sediments, archaeological remains, tree-rings, documents and instrumental records—is presented as a key element in the global scientific endeavour aimed at understanding human–environment interactions at the present day and in the future. The paper explains the need for the focus on palaeoenvironmental studies as a means of ‘learning from the past’, and presents the rationale and structure of the IGBP-PAGES Focus 5 programme ‘Past Ecosystem Processes and Human–Environment Interactions’. The past, as described through palaeoenvironmental studies, can yield information about pre-impact states, trajectories of recent change, causation, complex system behaviour, and provide the basis for developing and testing simulation models. Learning from the past in each of these epistemological categories is exemplified with published case-studies.

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Submitted date: 9 May 2005
Published date: 4 February 2006
Keywords: PAGES Focus 5, human–environment interactions, palaeoenvironmental reconstruction, sustainability
Organisations: Environmental Processes & Change


Local EPrints ID: 49231
ISSN: 1436-3798
PURE UUID: 4f4813d0-a3b3-4d8e-86f0-9faaa54cb1a1
ORCID for J.A. Dearing: ORCID iD

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Date deposited: 25 Oct 2007
Last modified: 17 Jul 2017 14:56

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Author: J.A. Dearing ORCID iD
Author: R.W. Battarbee
Author: R. Dikau
Author: I. Larocque
Author: F. Oldfield

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