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Change and Adaptation in Socio-Ecological Systems

Climate Change, Social Changes, Technological Development


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    Topical Issue on Sustainability in the Water-Energy-Food Nexus

    Sina Marx
    Anik Bhaduri
    Anna Schürkmann
    Talin Rose Klemeit

    The interrelations of human beings with ecosystems experience rising importance in sustainable land use planning and lead to the concept of socio-ecological system. Socio-Ecological Systems (SES) include both, a bio-geo-physical component and the related local to regional actors. Their system boundaries depend on the problem context and can be either determined by environmental parameters or socio-cultural factors. SES experience constant change and adaptation processes related to utilization, management, policy, ecological, and external influences.

    The scope of CASES is to publish original papers, review and synthesis papers, and short communications, and research letters addressing an interdisciplinary point of view on change and adaptation of socio-ecological systems from management unit level to policy level. Thematically, CASES aims to address all studies that have a focus on the impact of global change and climate change, on functioning or services of socio-ecological systems and related human-environment interactions, on understanding, monitoring and proposing innovative approaches, tools and technologies to adapt and bring forward system management and development.

    Our range of topics includes studies related to agriculture, forestry, and their interactions, water management, urban systems and rural-urban interface. Focus is laid on highly integrative studies, but also welcome contributions enhancing innovative aspects within one of these areas as long as they address one or more of the following cross-cutting issues: (a) management of the ecological integrity and ecosystem functioning on local, regional to supra-regional scale, (b) adaptive system management under external pressures such as climate or societal changes, land-use change, and urbanization processes / development of megacities, (c) socio-economic and political issues such as regional economy, change management, management support, (d) provision of functions, goods and services, sustainable processing of natural resources and regional value clusters, and (e) innovative models and technologies in socio-ecological system development planning support, stakeholder involvement and participatory processes

    Aims and Scope

    Why subscribe and read

    Studies related to socio-ecological systems and their change and adaptation create increasingly cross-disciplinary research results. These are so far dispersed in journals of different disciplines. Therefore, CASES offers a unique perspective that covers all relevant land use sectors and a wide range of cross cutting issues. This specific journal scope increases the transparency of the reported findings for the exchange of ideas among related disciplines.
    Major topics we address are (i) observations on highly relevant global, regional and local drivers of changes and their effects on socio-ecological systems, (ii) knowledge, techniques, approaches and concepts of how to further develop, manage and adapt socio-ecological systems in their political, cultural and natural context and (iii) approaches to assess the impact of changes and the efficiency of adaptation and management measures to ensure a sustainable system development.

    With CASES, we address scientists and practitioners in land / ecosystem management, land use / regional / spatial planning, environmental policies consulting and socio-cultural / socio-ecological system development.

    Why submit

    The growing body of research of the land system, global and climate change community demands enlarged publication opportunities, especially with a focus on system change and adaptation.

    The Journal of Change and Adaptation in Socio-Ecological Systems (CASES) offers an exclusive forum for R&D (a) on changes that impact the functioning of socio-ecological systems such as climate change or global change and (b) on measures, strategies and policies in tackling and adaption to current and future changes.

    Focus is laid on inter- and transdisciplinary work oriented on solving questions and problems, but also theoretical papers and reviews that provide in depth-analysis and concise overview are welcome. Especially welcome are contributions communicating lessons learned from case studies, from the application of methods or the (further) development of methods including (a) monitoring and assessment of global, regional or local changes that impact sustainable resources provision and vulnerability of ecological-economic systems, (b) modeling and simulation of adaptation opportunities at local, regional and global scale including management measures, planning strategies or environmental policies, and (c) evaluation of adaptation measures, resilience, sustainability strategies, and policies.

    Encouraged are also contributions dealing with critical aspects and failures to enhance the discussion on approaches in socio-ecological systems, their understanding and development, such as through participatory research approaches.


    Submission of Manuscripts

    Instructions for Authors

    Last updated on 29 May 2014

    All submissions to Change and Adaptation in Socio-Ecological Systems must be made via online submission system Editorial Manager available for this journal http://www.editorialmanager.com/cases/. In case of problems, please contact the Journal Editor at cass.editorial@degruyteropen.com.

    Authors are suggested to follow Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing, and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals from the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE).
    Manuscript submitted to this journal should:

    • contain original work - not published elsewhere in any medium (in the whole or in part) by the authors or anyone else and not under consideration for publication in any other medium;
    • focus on the aims and scope of the journal;
    • be clearly and correctly written - should contain all essential features of a scientific publication that is easy to understand for the target audience;
    • written in English - attention to detail of the language will avoid severe misunderstandings which might lead to rejection of the paper;
    • be delivered in electronic format.

    The journal accepts the following publication formats:

    • Research Articles, Methodological Papers, Case Studies
    • Communications and Rapid Communications
    • Reviews and Mini-Reviews
    • Commentaries and Discussion Contributions
    • Letters to the Editor and Amendments

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    Manuscripts that have been previously rejected, or withdrawn after being returned for modification, may be resubmitted if the major criticisms have been addressed. The cover letter must state that the manuscript is a resubmission, and the former manuscript number should be provided.

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    • Text files can be submitted in the following formats: MS Word - standard DOCUMENT (.DOC) or RICH TEXT FORMAT (.RTF); PDF (not applicable for re-submitted or accepted manuscripts, see below)
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    For further instructions, please carefully follow the guidelines described in Instructions for Authors.

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    Editorial Information

    Journal Editor
    Christine Fürst, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology & Martin Luther University Halle, Germany
    Davide Geneletti, Department of Civil, Environmental and Mechanical Engineering, University of Trento, Italy

    Associate Editors
    Peter Berry, Climate Change and Health Office, Canada
    Jennifer Hauck, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ, Germany
    Luis Inostroza, Technische Universität Dresden, Germany
    Asia Khamzina, Center for Development Research, University of Bonn, Germany
    Safiétou Sanfo, West African Science Service Center for Climate Change and Adapted Land Use, and UFR/SEG, Laboratoire d'Analyse Quantitative Appliquée au Développement-Sahel (LAQADS), University of Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso

    Editorial Advisory Board
    Jürgen Breuste, Urban and Landscape Ecology, IALE Centre for Landscape Research (CeLaRe), University Salzburg, Dept. Geography/Geology, Austria
    Manfred Denich, Center for Development Research, Dept. Ecology and Natural Resources Management, Germany
    Ignacio J. Diaz-Maroto, University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain
    Elizabeth (Liz) Hanna, Climate Change Adaptation Research Network - Human Health, Australia
    Andreas Heinimann, Centre for Development and Environment (CDE) NCCR North-South, University of Bern, Switzerland
    Marc Jaeger, CIRAD, Center for International cooperation in Agricultural Research for Development, Amap Unit, GreenLab Amap Team, France
    Souleymane Konate, University of Nangui Abrogoua, Ivory Coast
    Daniele La Rosa, Department for Architecture, University of Catania, Italy
    Quang Bao Le, Institute for Environmental Decisions (IED), ETH Zurich, Switzerland
    Louis Lebel, Research Centre Chiang Mai, Unit for Social and Environmental Research, Chiang Mai University, Thailand
    Junxiang Li, Department of Environmental Sciences, East China Normal University, China
    Carsten Lorz, University of Applied Sciences Weihenstephan-Triesdorf, Germany
    Sandra Luque, French Institute for Agricultural and Environmental Engineering Research, France
    Guillermo Martínez Pastur, Forestry Resources, Centro Austral de InvestigacionesCientíficas, CADIC-CONICET, Argentina
    Darla K. Munroe, Ohio State University, USA
    Dawn C. Parker, School of Planning, University of Waterloo, Canada
    Salman Qureshi, Department of Geography, Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany and School of Architecture, Birmingham City University, Birmingham, United Kingdom
    Zuzana Sarvasova, National Forest Centre - Forest Research Institute Zvolen, Slovak Republic
    Prakash C. Tiwari, Department of Geography, Kumaon University, Nainital, India
    Piotr Tryjanowski, Poznań University of Life Sciences, Poland
    Peter H. Verburg, IVM, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
    Miaomiao Xie, School of Land Science and Technology, China University of Geosciences, China

    Assistant Editors
    Blal Adem Esmail, University of Trento, Italy
    Susanne Frank, Center for Development Research, University of Bonn, Germany
    Janina Kleemann, Center for Development Research, University of Bonn, Germany
    Daniel Rozas Vásquez, Territorial Planning Laboratory, Catholic University of Temuco, Chile

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