Geographic approaches to LTSER: Principal themes and concepts with a case study of Andes-Amazon Watersheds

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Analysis of current works and trends in geography is conducted, with emphasis on human-environment and nature-society geography (HE-NS) in order to identify areas of conceptual overlap, promising exchange, and potential collaboration with Long-Term Social-Ecological Research (LTSER). HE-NS geography resembles the defining focus of LTSER on the coupled interactions of human societies and environments. Important conceptual connections to LTSER are identified as follows: (i) Coupled Human-Environment Interactions; (ii) Sustainability Science, Social-Ecological Adaptive Capacity, and Vulnerability; (iii) Land-Use and Land-Cover Change (LUCC) and Land Change Science (LCS); (iv) Environmental Governance and Political Ecology; (v) Environmental Landscape History and Ideas; and (vi) Environmental Scientific Concepts in Models, Management, and Policy. Demonstrated promise and potential value of conceptual “points of contact” exist in each of these areas of HE-NS geography and LTSER. Concepts of spatial and temporal scale, human-environment and nature-society interactions, multi-scale and networked spatiotemporal designs, and socio-ecological science theories and methodologies offer specific examples of the bridges between HE-NS geography and LTSER in interdisciplinary environmental studies and policy, a case study of Andean watersheds in the upper Amazon basin, and conclusions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationLong Term Socio-Ecological Research
Subtitle of host publicationStudies in Society-Nature Interactions Across Spatial and Temporal Scales
PublisherSpringer Netherlands
Number of pages25
ISBN (Electronic)9789400711778
ISBN (Print)9789400711761
StatePublished - Jan 1 2013

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Environmental Science


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