Syndromes of Global Change : a qualitative modelling approach to assist global environmental management

  title={Syndromes of Global Change : a qualitative modelling approach to assist global environmental management},
  author={G. Petschel-Held and A. Block and M. Cassel-Gintz and J urgen Kropp and Matthias L{\"u}deke and O. Moldenhauer and F. Reusswig and Hans Joachim Schellnhuber},
A novel transdisciplinary approach to investigate Global Change (GC) is presented. The approach rests on the decomposition of the intrigue dynamics of GC into patterns of civilization–nature interactions (“syndromes”) by an iterative scientific process of observations, data and system theoretical analyses, and modelling attempts. We illustrate the approach by a detailed analysis of the Sahel Syndrome, which describes the rural poverty driven overuse of natural resources. The investigation is… CONTINUE READING
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