Panarchy use in environmental science for risk and resilience planning

Environment Systems and Decisions
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Abstract

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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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Panarchy use in environmental science for risk and resilience planning
Series title Environment Systems and Decisions
DOI 10.1007/s10669-016-9605-6
Volume 36
Issue 3
Year Published 2016
Language English
Publisher Springer
Contributing office(s) Coop Res Unit Seattle
Description 4 p.
First page 225
Last page 228