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SBE 2020: Submission Detail

ID Number: 245
Title: A Grand Challenge for SBE: Unlocking a New Cycle of Research for Human-Landscape Interactions
Lead Author: Harden, Carol P.
Abstract: The grand challenge is to more fully utilize the social, behavioral, and economic sciences to develop predictive capacity for integrated human-landscape systems, and to re-frame the complex interactions of these systems in new ways, in which feedbacks can be better understood, represented, and predicted. Historical approaches, which treated humans as external drivers of change, have not sufficiently captured interrelationships involving the effects of landscape change on societies and individuals and the effects of multiple human-caused stressors on landscapes. Meeting this grand challenge presents infrastructural as well as thematic and intellectual challenges. This paper summarizes key questions for the science of human-landscape systems, developed first from the perspectives of disciplines that may contribute, then presents potential research themes linking these disciplines, and outlines urgent research needs for advancing the science. These findings were developed at an NSF interdisciplinary workshop in March 2010. Better integrating social-scientific as well as environmental components of human-landscape systems offers the potential to transform our thinking and to unlock a new cycle of research for human-landscape systems that fully engages the SBE sciences. Enhanced understanding of human-landscape systems also promises novel solutions for mitigating and even reversing environmental degradation and its societal consequences.
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