Abstracts wanted: Interdependence of Coupled Human and Natural Systems around the World

Related GLP Member: Thomas Hertel

Session Description:
Interactions among coupled human and natural systems are increasing in extent and intensity. While distant interactions have long existed, they have increased sharply in recent decades, with the growth in trade, migration, cross-border flows of knowledge and capital. These ‘telecouplings’ have both short- and long-term effects on the natural (e.g., natural ecosystems and their services, land cover, biodiversity) and human (e.g., sociodemographic, economic, cultural) components of coupled systems and their feedbacks. While most research has traditionally targeted coupled systems in isolation, the telecoupling framework seeks to articulate the interactive and synergistic effects among coupled systems, generating new scientific understanding, innovative methodological approaches, and new implications for governance in the presence of globalization. This session features studies using the telecoupling framework to address the growing sustainability challenges facing coupled human and natural systems under globalization.
Primary Convener:  Andrés Viña, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI, United States
Convener:  Thomas W Hertel, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, United States