Wednesday 7
Analysing and managing social-ecological regime shifts
Steven Lade
› 11:35 - 12:30 (55min)
› Antigone 3
Human decisions and resilience dynamics. How systemic analysis of historical cases could help addressing human-environment problems
Roman Seidl  1@  
1 : Institute for Environmental Decisions, ETH Zurich  (IED, ETH Zurich)  -  Website
ETH Zurich Institute for Environmental Decisions (IED) Natural and Social Science Interface (NSSI) Universitaetstrasse 22, CH-8092 Zurich -  Suisse

Abstract (a contribution to the session Analysing and managing social-ecological regime shifts)

To better understand how resilient human-environment systems can evolve we need more knowledge about cycles, thresholds, and shifting regimes in coupled systems. Approaches such as complex systems and resilience theory provide key concepts and theoretical frameworks. However, particularly for the human domain of these coupled systems, empirical examples are less abundant and well documented than for ecological systems. This is partly because of methodological constraints in conducting societal experiments. Thus (qualitative) analysis of historical cases of regime shifts are one option to get more familiar with societal-ecological regime shifts. Case examples highlight analysis of causal relationships (feedbacks between variables, slow and fast processes) of cases of human decisions influencing resilience of coupled systems.

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