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Human-Nature Interactions in the Anthropocene
Potentials of Social-Ecological Systems Analysis

ISBN 9780415510004
Published March 5, 2012 by Routledge
256 Pages 35 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This book deals with the potentials of social-ecological systems analysis for resolving sustainability problems. Contributors relate inter- and transdisciplinary perspectives to systemic dynamics, human behavior and the different dimensions and scales. With a problem-focused, sustainability-oriented approach to the analysis of human-nature relations, this text will be a useful resource for scholars of human and social ecology, geography, sociology, development studies, social anthropology and natural resources management.

Table of Contents

List of Figures.  List of Tables.  Foreword by the Chair of the Scientific Committee of the Earth System Science Partnership (ESSP) and Professor in Environmental Systems Analysis, Wageningen University Rik Leemans  Preface by the President of the German Society for Human Ecology (DGH) and Scientific Steering Committee Member of the Land-Ocean Interactions in the Coastal Zone (LOICZ) Bernhard Glaeser  Acknowledgments  Part 1: Introduction  1. New Approaches to the Analysis of Human-Nature Relations Marion Glaser, Beate M.W. Ratter, Gesche Krause and Martin Welp  2. Systems Thinking and Social Learning for Sustainability Gesche Krause and Martin Welp  Part 2: Social-Ecological Systems (SES) and Complexity  3. Social-Ecological Systems as Epistemic Objects Egon Becker  4. Modelling Social-Ecological Systems: Bridging the Gap Between Natural and Social Sciences Felix Tretter and Andrew Halliday  5. Complexity and Emergence: Key Concepts in Non-Linear Dynamic Systems Beate M.W. Ratter  Part 3: Resilience, Adaptability and Transformability  6. Archetypes of Adaptation to Climate Change Klaus Eisenack  7. Population Dynamics and Adaptive Capacity of Supply Systems Diana Hummel  Part 4: Multi-Agent Modelling and Simulation  8. Transdisciplinary Multi-Agent Modelling for Social-Ecological Systems Analysis: Achievements and Potentials Marion Glaser  9. Integrated Modelling and Scenario Building for the Nicobar Islands in the Aftermath of the Tsunami Martin Wildenberg and Simron Jit Singh  Part 5: Pathways Towards New Systems Thinking in Human Ecology  10. Towards Global Sustainability Analysis in the Anthropocene Marion Glaser, Gesche Krause, Andrew Halliday and Bernhard Glaeser.  Contributors.  Index.

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Marion Glaser is an environmental sociologist at the Leibniz Center for Tropical Marine Ecology (ZMT), Bremen, Germany.

Gesche Krause is a coastal geographer at the Leibniz Center for Tropical Marine Ecology (ZMT), Bremen, Germany.

Beate M.W. Ratter is professor for Integrative Geography at the Institute of Geography, University of Hamburg and holds a joint position as head of the Department of Human Dimension of Coastal Areas at the Institute of Coastal Research, Helmholtz Centre Geesthacht.

Martin Welp is Professor for Socioeconomics and Communication at the Eberswalde University for Sustainable Development.


"The volume edited by Glaser et al. will be interesting to the broad circle of specialists in social ecology, historical ecology, geoecology, and philosophy of science.  'Pure' geologists and palaeontologists can also find it enriching, because the Anthropocene has become a recongnizable geologic time unit during the past decade (Zalasiewicz et al., 2008)." - Dmitry A. Ruban, Rostov am Don