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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 database

Theme projects:

Arctic Resilience Report


Theme contact

Garry Peterson

Phone: +46 7 37 07 85 92


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