human-environment interactions

The Future of Human–Landscape Interactions: Drawing on the Past, Anticipating the Future

Without question, humanity is at a crossroad amidst rapid environmental changes. Some of these changes are natural, such as climate variability, but human-induced alterations on Earth have accelerated in recent decades, reaching a scale and intensity like never before. Virtually no place on Earth remains untouched by human activity. This special feature explores new scientific questions and frameworks for tackling research frontiers for understanding human–landscape systems.

-Chin, A, KA Galvin, AK Gerlak, CP Harden, E Wohl (2013). The Future of human-landscape interactions: Drawing on the past, anticipating the future. Environmental Management. DOI 10.1007/s00267-013-0082-0​​

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Understanding Human–Landscape Interactions in the ‘‘Anthropocene’’

Abstract: This article summarizes the primary outcomes of an interdisciplinary workshop in 2010, sponsored by the U.S. National Science Foundation, focused on developing key questions and integrative themes for advancing the science of human–landscape systems. The workshop was a response to a grand challenge identified recently by the U.S. National Research Council (2010a)—‘‘How will Earth’s surface evolve in the ‘‘Anthropocene?’’—suggesting that new theories and methodological approaches are needed to tackle increasingly complex human–landscape interactions in the new era. A new science of human–landscape systems recognizes the interdependence of hydro-geomorphological, ecological, and human processes and functions. Advances within a range of disciplines spanning the physical, biological, and social sciences are therefore needed to contribute toward interdisciplinary research that lies at the heart of the science.

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