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Coupled Human and Natural Systems: Natural Resource Management in Tropical Environments II

Type: Paper
Sponsor Groups:
Organizers: Leandra Merz, Audrey Smith
Chairs: Leandra Merz


Coupled human and natural systems (CHANS) are integrated systems in which people interact with natural components. Despite numerous studies examining human-nature interactions, the complexity of coupled systems has not been well understood. Traditionally, the separation between the social and ecological sciences has led to slow progress in CHANS research. However, more recently an increasing number of interdisciplinary programs have been integrating ecological and social sciences to study coupled human and natural systems (e.g., social-ecological systems and human-environment systems).

The goal of this proposed session is to focus on the role of natural resource management in social-ecological systems in tropical environments. We expect that papers in this session will contribute towards an improved descriptive, analytical, and explanatory understanding of the complex CHANS in the tropics. Papers should address social and ecological impacts of natural resource use and management (e.g. reciprocal relationships, cross-scale interactions, and feedbacks). Potential topics of interest include human-wildlife interactions; agricultural development and food production systems; conservation strategies and programs; environmental governance; land-use change; and ecosystem services. If you are interested in participating in this session please email Leandra Merz at with your abstract and participant ID number.


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter Faisal Islam*, University of Tennessee, Changing livelihood Pattern and Climate Induced Vulnerability in Rural Bangladesh as an effect of Globalization 15 12:00 AM
Presenter Britta Schumacher*, Utah State University, Environmental and climatic changes in villages adjacent to the Udzungwa Mountains National Park, Tanzania 15 12:00 AM
Presenter Usman Kibon*, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Climate Change Adaptation and Sustainable Health in Some Selected States in North Western Nigeria 15 12:00 AM
Presenter Chelsea Leven*, , Understanding tourism within a socio-ecological system: Ometepe Island, Nicaragua 15 12:00 AM
Presenter Alison Thieme*, University of Maryland - College Park, Erin Glennie, NASA at Goddard Space Flight Center, Perry Oddo, NASA at Goddard Space Flight Center, Sean McCartney, NASA at Goddard Space Flight Center, Madeline Ruid, NASA DEVELOP, Anupam Anand, Global Environment Facility IEO, Application of Remote Sensing for Ex-ante Decision Support and Evaluating Impact 15 12:00 AM

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