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Panarchy use in environmental science for risk and resilience planning


Angeler, D., C. Allen, A. Garmestani, L. Gunderson, AND I. Linkov. Panarchy use in environmental science for risk and resilience planning. Environment Systems & Decisions. Springer, New York, NY, 36(3):225-228, (2016).


The environmental sciences strive for understanding, mitigating and reversing the negative impacts of global environmental change, including chemical pollution, to maintain sustainability options for the future, and therefore play an important role for informing management.


Environmental sciences have an important role in informing sustainable management of built environments by providing insights about the drivers and potentially negative impacts of global environmental change. Here, we discuss panarchy theory, a multi-scale hierarchical concept that accounts for the dynamism of complex socio-ecological systems, especially for those systems with strong cross-scale feedbacks. The idea of panarchy underlies much of system resilience, focusing on how systems respond to known and unknown threats. Panarchy theory can provide a framework for qualitative and quantitative research and application in the environmental sciences, which can in turn inform the ongoing efforts in socio-technical resilience thinking and adaptive and transformative approaches to management.

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Product Published Date: 09/01/2016
Record Last Revised: 03/30/2017
OMB Category: Other
Record ID: 335817