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Regime shifts and their implications in social-ecological systems

This theme focuses on operationalizing the regime shifts theory to inform governance and management of important mechanisms in social-ecological systems

Regime shifts are persistent change in systems structure and function, which can be abrupt and difficult to reverse. The focus here is on regime shifts in social-ecological systems that have substantial impacts on ecosystem services.

The aim is to develop regime shift theory through case study development, comparison, and analysis of regime shifts in social-ecological systems. It connects to other themes at the Centre by addressing regime shifts in: the Baltic Sea, the Sahel, the Arctic, Southern Africa, and coral reefs.

The theme has five organizing questions:
1. How can regime shifts concepts be best operationally defined, identified and detected?

2. What are the main drivers of regime shifts, and how are different regime shifts interconnected?

3. Which locations are most likely to experience regime shifts?

4. How do regime shifts impact ecosystem services?

5. How can we most efficiently modify resilience to regime shifts?

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Regime shifts news
Research news | 2014-05-05
New online resource with detailed examples of large persistent changes in nature
Research news | 2014-04-22
New easy introduction to the seven principles crucial for building resilient systems
Research news | 2014-03-22
New book introduces new framework for water governance and management
Research news | 2014-01-15
15 poorly known issues that may influence conservation in 2014
Research news | 2013-11-06
Human activity could give rise to planetary-scale ecological regime shifts
Research news | 2013-08-23
Better understanding of the coupling between human behavior and ecological dynamics key to predicting ecological regime shifts
Research news | 2013-07-04
Centre PhD student Juan Carlos Rocha explains
Research news | 2013-06-25
New approach can make target on protecting crucial ecosystem services easier to assess
Research news | 2013-05-31
Centre provides crucial input to UN General Assembly debate on sustainable development
Research news | 2013-05-31
Changes in the Arctic will affect ecosystems, communities and industrial infrastructure
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Theme publications

Regime shifts database

Theme projects:

Arctic Resilience Report

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Theme contact
Garry Peterson

Phone: +46 7 37 07 85 92

2010-12-01 | Sturle Hauge Simonsen

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