People and nature operate as complex adaptive systems on an intertwined planet with new types of interactions and dynamics across levels and scales. The presentation will focus on and provide several examples of the interplay of the scale, speed and connectivity of human actions and societies as embedded within the biosphere and in the context of the sustainability challenge. Resilience thinking provides a lens for understanding the dynamics of complex adaptive systems and the challenge of balancing redundancy, heterogeneity, modularity, and connectivity in governing social-ecological systems. There will be examples of the emergence of governance systems that may help transform human actions to operate in concert with the Earth System, as well as the role of scientists participating in transdisciplinary arenas engaging with such transformations for biosphere stewardship.
Dynamics of Intertwined Systems of People and Nature
Tue, Apr 24, 2018, 4:30 pm