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Change and Adaptation in Socio-Ecological Systems

Climate Change, Social Changes, Technological Development

Ed. by Inostroza, Luis / Fürst, Christine

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Inaugural editorial

Christine Fürst
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  • Center for Development Research (ZEF), Dept. Ecology and Natural Resources Management, University of Bonn, Walter Flex Str. 3, 53113 Bonn, Germany
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Published Online: 2014-06-12 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.2478/cass-2014-0004


This inaugural editorial introduces the research topics addressed by the journal Change and Adaptation in Socio-Ecological Systems (CASES). A recent literature analysis revealed that the amount of integrative, interand transdisciplinary research activities on climate and global change, adaptive strategies, actor behaviors and response opportunities has increased significantly in the last few decades. Also, research activities on major drivers for the change and adaptation of socio-ecological systems, namely climate change, socio-economic and political changes and technological development have increased considerably since the 1950s. A publication platform that allows for overarching perspectives, integrative viewpoints, and the exchange of ideas among related disciplines in Socio-Ecological Systems (SES) science is provided by the new journal CASES.

Keywords : Socio-ecological systems; global change; sustainable use of natural resources; land use and land cover change; adaptation and mitigation


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Received: 2014-04-29

Accepted: 2014-04-29

Published Online: 2014-06-12

Citation Information: Change and Adaptation in Socio-Ecological Systems, Volume 1, Issue 1, ISSN (Online) 2300-3669, DOI: https://doi.org/10.2478/cass-2014-0004.

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