1st Edition

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

    256 Pages 35 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    256 Pages 35 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    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.

    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 I: 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 II: 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 III: 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 IV: 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 V: 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.


    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