Coupled Human and Natural Systems

  title={Coupled Human and Natural Systems},
  author={Jianguo Liu and Thomas Dietz and Stephen R. Carpenter and Carl Folke and Marina Alberti and Charles L. Redman and Stephen Henry Schneider and E. Ostrom and Alice N. Pell and Jane Lubchenco and William W. Taylor and Zhiyun Ouyang and Peter J. Deadman and Timothy K. Kratz and William Provencher},
Abstract Humans have continuously interacted with natural systems, resulting in the formation and development of coupled human and natural systems (CHANS). Recent studies reveal the complexity of organizational, spatial, and temporal couplings of CHANS. These couplings have evolved from direct to more indirect interactions, from adjacent to more distant linkages, from local to global scales, and from simple to complex patterns and processes. Untangling complexities, such as reciprocal effects… 
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