Human-Environment Interactions

Long Term Socio-Ecological Research

Studies in Society-Nature Interactions Across Spatial and Temporal Scales

Editors: Singh, S.J., Haberl, H., Chertow, M., Mirtl, M., Schmid, M. (Eds.)

  • Traces the developing bonds between ecology and a range of other disciplines
  • Includes analysis of numerous case studies varying widely in location and time
  • Features in-depth research spanning several fields of socio-ecological inquiry
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About this book

The authors in this volume make a case for LTSER’s potential in providing insights, knowledge and experience necessary for a sustainability transition. This expertly edited selection of contributions from Europe and North America reviews the development of LTSER since its inception and assesses its current state, which has evolved to recognize the value of formulating solutions to the host of ecological threats we face. Through many case studies, this book gives the reader a greater sense of where we are and what still needs to be done to engage in and make meaning from long-term, place-based and cross-disciplinary engagements with socio-ecological systems.

About the authors

Over the last half century, exceptional changes in the natural environment attributed to human activities have placed renewed importance on the study of society-nature interactions. Around the globe, ever increasing human demands on ecosystems not only harm the environment, but also induce great potential for social conflict. In this sense sustainability problems are not only “ecological” but also “socio-ecological” since the ways societies interact with the environment affects both ecosystems and social systems.

The emerging interdisciplinary field of Long-Term Socio-Ecological Research (LTSER) is primarily concerned with questions of global environmental change and sustainability. It aims to conceptualise, observe, analyse, and model changes in coupled socio-ecological (or human-environment) systems over one to several generations. Tracking these dynamics and changes in socio-ecological systems over extended periods is accomplished in research traditions that include social and human ecology, industrial ecology, environmental history, human geography and anthropology. In recognising research that takes a long-term perspective on society–nature interactions, conceptually and empirically, as well as approaches that engage society in this quest, LTSER aims to provide a knowledge base that helps reorient socio-economic trajectories towards more sustainable pathways.

The authors in this volume make a case for LTSER’s potential in providing insights, knowledge and experience necessary for a sustainability transition. This expertly edited selection of contributions from Europe and North America reviews the development of LTSER since its inception and assesses its current state, which has evolved to recognize the value of formulating solutions to the host of ecological threats we face. Through many case studies, this book gives the reader a greater sense of where we are and what still needs to be done to engage in and make meaning from long-term, place-based and cross-disciplinary engagements with socio-ecological systems.

Table of contents (23 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Singh, Simron Jit (et al.)

    Pages 1-26

  • Socioeconomic Metabolism and the Human Appropriation of Net Primary Production: What Promise Do They Hold for LTSER?

    Haberl, Helmut (et al.)

    Pages 29-52

  • Using Integrated Models to Analyse Socio-ecological System Dynamics in Long-Term Socio-ecological Research – Austrian Experiences

    Gaube, Veronika (et al.)

    Pages 53-75

  • Modelling Transport as a Key Constraint to Urbanisation in Pre-industrial Societies

    Fischer-Kowalski, Marina (et al.)

    Pages 77-101

  • The Environmental History of the Danube River Basin as an Issue of Long-Term Socio-ecological Research

    Winiwarter, Verena (et al.)

    Pages 103-122

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Long Term Socio-Ecological Research
Book Subtitle
Studies in Society-Nature Interactions Across Spatial and Temporal Scales
Editors
  • Simron Jit Singh
  • Helmut Haberl
  • Marian Chertow
  • Michael Mirtl
  • Martin Schmid
Series Title
Human-Environment Interactions
Series Volume
2
Copyright
2013
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht
eBook ISBN
978-94-007-1177-8
DOI
10.1007/978-94-007-1177-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-94-007-1176-1
Softcover ISBN
978-94-007-9993-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXXVIII, 590
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