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Toward an Integrated History to Guide the Future

van der Leeuw, Sander; Costanza, Robert; Aulenbach, Steve; Brewer, Simon; Burek, Michael; Cornell, Sarah; Crumley, Carole L; Dearing, John A.; Downy, Catherine; Graumlich, Lisa J,; Heckbert, Scott; Hegmon, Michelle; Hibbard, Kathy; Jackson, Stephen T.; Kubiszewski, Ida; Sinclair, Paul; Sorlin, Sverker; Steffen, Will; Dearing, John; Graumlich, Lisa J.

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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...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorvan der Leeuw, Sander
dc.contributor.authorCostanza, Robert
dc.contributor.authorAulenbach, Steve
dc.contributor.authorBrewer, Simon
dc.contributor.authorBurek, Michael
dc.contributor.authorCornell, Sarah
dc.contributor.authorCrumley, Carole L
dc.contributor.authorDearing, John A.
dc.contributor.authorDowny, Catherine
dc.contributor.authorGraumlich, Lisa J,
dc.contributor.authorHeckbert, Scott
dc.contributor.authorHegmon, Michelle
dc.contributor.authorHibbard, Kathy
dc.contributor.authorJackson, Stephen T.
dc.contributor.authorKubiszewski, Ida
dc.contributor.authorSinclair, Paul
dc.contributor.authorSorlin, Sverker
dc.contributor.authorSteffen, Will
dc.contributor.authorDearing, John
dc.contributor.authorGraumlich, Lisa J.
dc.date.accessioned2015-12-10T22:25:16Z
dc.identifier.issn1708-3087
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/53404
dc.description.abstractMany 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.
dc.publisherResilience Alliance
dc.rightsAuthor/s retain copyright
dc.sourceEcology and Society
dc.subjectKeywords: historical perspective; integrated approach; nature-society relations Agency; Anthropocene; Backcasting; Causality; Contingency; Holistic approach; Integrated history; Long-term perspective; Resilience; Social and ecological systems
dc.titleToward an Integrated History to Guide the Future
dc.typeJournal article
local.description.notesImported from ARIES
local.identifier.citationvolume16
dc.date.issued2011
local.identifier.absfor050202 - Conservation and Biodiversity
local.identifier.absfor160507 - Environment Policy
local.identifier.ariespublicationf5625xPUB273
local.identifier.ariespublicationu4430637xPUB75
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationvan der Leeuw, Sander, Arizona State University
local.contributor.affiliationCostanza, Robert, Portland State University
local.contributor.affiliationAulenbach, Steve, Neon Inc
local.contributor.affiliationBrewer, Simon, University of Utah
local.contributor.affiliationBurek, Michael, National Center for Atmospheric Research
local.contributor.affiliationCornell, Sarah, University of Bristol
local.contributor.affiliationCrumley, Carole L, University of North Carolina
local.contributor.affiliationDearing, John A., University of Southampton
local.contributor.affiliationDowny, Catherine, University of Bristol
local.contributor.affiliationGraumlich, Lisa J,, University of Washington
local.contributor.affiliationHeckbert, Scott, Portland State University
local.contributor.affiliationHegmon, Michelle, Arizona State University
local.contributor.affiliationHibbard, Kathy, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
local.contributor.affiliationJackson, Stephen T., University of Wyoming
local.contributor.affiliationKubiszewski, Ida, Portland State University
local.contributor.affiliationSinclair, Paul, Uppsala University
local.contributor.affiliationSorlin, Sverker, Stockholm University
local.contributor.affiliationSteffen, Will, College of Asia and the Pacific, ANU
local.contributor.affiliationDearing, John, University of Liverpool
local.contributor.affiliationGraumlich, Lisa J., University of Arizona
local.bibliographicCitation.issue4
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage1
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage11
local.identifier.doi10.5751/ES-04341-160402
dc.date.updated2016-02-24T09:02:06Z
local.identifier.scopusID2-s2.0-84855301429
local.identifier.thomsonID000298841900010
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