Dynamics of linked social-ecological system: learning from the past
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.
In this theme, we will take an evolutionary approach to understand how past social and ecological systems have interacted and co-evolved. We will combine multiple records including paleoenvironemnt records, historical documents, archeology records, instrumental monitoring records, official statistics and remote sensing records to reconstruct integrated local and regional histories, and generate evidence for widespread dynamical patterns: drivers of change and responses, changing boundary conditions, safe and just operating spaces, tipping points, and sensitive and resilient systems.