EPA Science Inventory

Sustainability science: accounting for nonlinear dynamics in policy and social-ecological systems

Citation:

Garmestani, A. S. Sustainability science: accounting for nonlinear dynamics in policy and social-ecological systems. CLEAN TECHNOLOGIES AND ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY. Springer Berlin-Heidelberg, , Germany, 16(4):731-738, (2014).

Description:

Resilience is an emergent property of complex systems. Understanding resilience is critical for sustainability science, as linked social-ecological systems and the policy process that governs them are characterized by non-linear dynamics. Non-linear dynamics in these systems means that there is an inherent degree of uncertainty in social-ecological systems and the policy process. Abrupt, non-linear change (e.g., “surprise”) creates tremendous challenges for environmental management. Thus, it is necessary to improve environmental management via a suite of policy instruments, including: adaptive management, adaptive governance, adaptive capacity, leading indicators, legislation, scenario planning and others (e.g., command and control; market mechanisms).

Purpose/Objective:

To inform the public

URLs/Downloads:

http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10098-013-0682-7   Exit

Record Details:

Record Type: DOCUMENT (JOURNAL/PEER REVIEWED JOURNAL)
Projected Completion Date: 04/01/2014
Record Last Revised: 08/27/2014
Record Created: 04/18/2011
Record Released: 04/18/2011
OMB Category: Other
Record ID: 234858

Organization:

U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

OFFICE OF RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT

NATIONAL RISK MANAGEMENT RESEARCH LABORATORY

SUSTAINABLE TECHNOLOGY DIVISION

SUSTAINABLE ENVIRONMENTS BRANCH