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Toward an Integrated History to Guide the Future

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dc.contributor.author van der Leeuw, Sander
dc.contributor.author Costanza, Robert
dc.contributor.author Aulenbach, Steve
dc.date.accessioned 2012-02-24T16:29:19Z
dc.date.available 2012-02-24T16:29:19Z
dc.date.issued 2011 en_US
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10535/7855
dc.description.abstract "Many contemporary societal challenges manifest themselves in the domain of human-environment interactions. There is a growing recognition that responses to these challenges formulated within current disciplinary boundaries, in isolation from their wider contexts, cannot adequately address them. Here, we outline the need for an integrated, transdisciplinary synthesis that allows for a holistic approach, and, above all, a much longer time perspective. We outline both the need for and the fundamental characteristics of what we call 'integrated history.' This approach promises to yield new understandings of the relationship between the past, present, and possible futures of our integrated human-environment system. We recommend a unique new focus of our historical efforts on the future, rather than the past, concentrated on learning about future possibilities from history. A growing worldwide community of transdisciplinary scholars is forming around building this Integrated History and future of People on Earth (IHOPE). Building integrated models of past human societies and their interactions with their environments yields new insights into those interactions and can help to create a more sustainable and desirable future. The activity has become a major focus within the global change community." en_US
dc.language English en_US
dc.subject agency en_US
dc.subject integration--history en_US
dc.subject resilience en_US
dc.subject social-ecological systems en_US
dc.title Toward an Integrated History to Guide the Future en_US
dc.type Journal Article en_US
dc.type.published published en_US
dc.type.methodology Case Study en_US
dc.subject.sector General & Multiple Resources en_US
dc.identifier.citationjournal Ecology and Society en_US
dc.identifier.citationvolume 16 en_US
dc.identifier.citationnumber 4 en_US
dc.identifier.citationmonth December en_US

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