Environmental Social Science Human - Environment interactions and Sustainability

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  • Copyright: 2010-02-08
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
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Environmental Social Science offers a new synthesis of environmental studies, defining the nature of human-environment interactions and providing the foundation for a new cross-disciplinary enterprise that will make critical theories and research methods accessible across the natural and social sciences. Makes key theories and methods of the social sciences available to biologists and other environmental scientists Explains biological theories and concepts for the social sciences community working on the environment Helps br idge one of the difficult divides in collaborative work in human-environment research Includes much-needed descriptions of how to carry out research that is multinational, multiscale, multitemporal, and multidisciplinary within a complex systems theory context

Author Biography

Emilio F. Moran is Distinguished Professor and Rudy Professor of Anthropology and Professor of Environmental Sciences at Indiana University in Bloomington.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrationsp. ix
Prefacep. xi
The Challenge of Human-Environment Interactions Researchp. 1
The Evolution of Social Ecological Systemsp. 2
Characterization of Contemporary Global Environmental Changesp. 7
History of the Development of the Human Dimensions Agendap. 16
Characteristics of the Research on the Human Dimensionsp. 20
The Way Forward: Integrative Sciencep. 22
Theories and Concepts from the Social Sciencesp. 25
Population, Technology, and Central Place Theoriesp. 25
Population and Environment Theoriesp. 31
Agency and Historyp. 34
Decision-theoretic Approachesp. 37
Political Economy and Political Ecologyp. 42
Cultural Ecologyp. 46
Theories and Concepts from the Biological Sciencesp. 49
Evolution by Natural Selectionp. 50
Species Respond Individualistically, Not as Communitiesp. 51
Interactions with Other Species: Niche and Neutral Theoriesp. 52
Top-down vs. Bottom-up Control in Ecosystemsp. 53
Successionp. 54
Island Biogeographyp. 59
Equilibrium and Nonequilibrium Theoriesp. 61
Biodiversity and Ecosystem Processes/Servicesp. 62
The Ecosystem Concept in Biology and the Social Sciencesp. 63
Spatially Explicit Approachesp. 70
Remote Sensing and GISp. 74
A Case Study Using GIS/Remote Sensing to Study Amazonian Deforestationp. 77
Urban-Rural Spatial Dynamicsp. 83
Modeling and GISp. 88
Multi-scale and Multi-temporal Analysisp. 93
An Approach to Multidisciplinary, Multi-scale Researchp. 97
Scalep. 100
Local Level of Analysisp. 103
Regional Level of Analysisp. 106
Global Level of Analysisp. 108
Future Directionsp. 110
Biocomplexity in Ecological Systemsp. 112
Introductionp. 112
Spatially Explicit Processes in Ecological and Social Systemsp. 115
Agent-based Modeling of Complex Systemsp. 120
Hierarchical Modelingp. 124
Conclusionsp. 124
Environmental Decision Makingp. 126
Institutional Analysisp. 131
Individual Behavior and Environmental Decisionsp. 134
Decisions and Social Contextp. 136
Conclusionsp. 140
Towards Sustainability Sciencep. 143
Sustainability Science Research Prioritiesp. 145
Scales of Sustainabilityp. 149
Cities and Sustainability Sciencep. 149
Climate Change and Sustainabilityp. 153
Conclusionsp. 156
Referencesp. 158
Indexp. 203
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