Tuesday 6
The Social-ecological systems meta-analysis database (SESMAD) project
Michael Cox
› 11:35 - 12:30 (55min)
› JOFFRE 1-5
The SESMAD project
Michael Cox  1@  
1 : Dartmouth College

This presentation will be part of the session entitled “The Social-ecological systems meta-analysis database (SESMAD) project.”

This presentation will introduce the session by providing important details of the social-ecological systems meta-analysis database (SESMAD) project. In doing so, it will enable a better understanding of the subsequent presentations that discuss empirical applications of the approach. SESMAD began as a working group of Resilience Alliance Young Scholars (RAYS) members. It now includes 14 scholars in total and 8 RAYS members. The goal of SESMAD is first to develop the necessary tools for examining large-scale social-ecological systems (SESs), and then to use these tools to enable the analysis of such systems.

This presentation will focus on explaining these tools. These are implemented via a relational database which users can use to both enter data about particular large-scale SESs, as well as read through a coding manual that guides the data entry process. The SESMAD database is held on a publically viewable website, and public users can browse a subset of data that has been entered. This infrastructure supports a particular approach to analyzing SESs that is roughly based on a SES framework originally introduced by Elinor Ostrom. The overall methodology of the project also roughly follows the meta-analysis techniques used be Ostrom in her synthetic analysis of small-scale systems. The SESMAD project is designed to build on this previous work to enable the comparative analysis of much larger and more complex systems than have previously been compared.


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