Sustainable Communities on a Sustainable Planet

Sustainable Communities on a Sustainable Planet

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Scientists and policymakers have realised that localities are central to addressing the causes and consequences of global environmental change. The goal of the Human-Environment Regional Observatory project (HERO) was to develop the infrastructure necessary to monitor and understand the local dimensions of global change. This book presents the philosophy behind HERO, the methods used to put that philosophy into action, its results, and the lessons learned from the project. HERO used three strategies: it developed research protocols and data standards for collecting data; it built a web-based networking environment to help investigators share data, analyses and ideas from remote locations; and investigators field-tested these concepts by applying them in diverse biophysical and socioeconomic settings - central Massachusetts, central Pennsylvania, southwestern Kansas, and the US-Mexico border region of Arizona. The book highlights the unique focus of HERO regarding thinking and acting on complex, integrative, and interdisciplinary global change science at local scales, and is valuable for global change scientists.... a€œroad networka€data layer for 2000 inananalysis wheretheother variables reflect 1990simplybecause the1990roaddata ... iftheseauthors had adopted theindicator structuringtechnique proposed here:theVulnerability Scoping Diagram (VSD).

Title:Sustainable Communities on a Sustainable Planet
Author: Brent Yarnal, Colin Polsky, James O'Brien
Publisher:Cambridge University Press - 2009-09-24

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