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Regime shifts and their implications in social-ecological systems

This theme focuses on operationalizing the regime shifts theory to inform governance and management of important mechanisms in social-ecological systems

Regime shifts are persistent change in systems structure and function, which can be abrupt and difficult to reverse. The focus here is on regime shifts in social-ecological systems that have substantial impacts on ecosystem services.

The aim is to develop regime shift theory through case study development, comparison, and analysis of regime shifts in social-ecological systems. It connects to other themes at the Centre by addressing regime shifts in: the Baltic Sea, the Sahel, the Arctic, Southern Africa, and coral reefs.

The theme has five organizing questions:
1. How can regime shifts concepts be best operationally defined, identified and detected?

2. What are the main drivers of regime shifts, and how are different regime shifts interconnected?

3. Which locations are most likely to experience regime shifts?

4. How do regime shifts impact ecosystem services?

5. How can we most efficiently modify resilience to regime shifts?

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Regime shifts news
Research news | 2015-11-18
The value of biodiversity particularly high in poor environmental conditions
Research news | 2015-10-12
Recent crises are increasingly global and follow new kinds of patterns
Research news | 2015-09-29
Centre researchers are collecting existing examples of sustainable futures
Research news | 2015-08-26
How humans matter for ecological regime shifts
Research news | 2015-08-13
First Regime Shift Database helps researchers assess main global-level drivers of unwanted ecological transitions
Research news | 2014-11-24
Eleven Centre researchers contribute to a new global scientific synthesis on marine regime shifts
Research news | 2014-05-05
New online resource with detailed examples of large persistent changes in nature
Research news | 2014-03-22
New book introduces new framework for water governance and management
Research news | 2014-01-15
15 poorly known issues that may influence conservation in 2014
Research news | 2013-11-06
Human activity could give rise to planetary-scale ecological regime shifts
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Theme publications

Regime shifts database

Theme projects:

Arctic Resilience Report


Theme contact
Garry Peterson

Phone: +46 7 37 07 85 92


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