Thursday, August 5, 2010: 1:30 PM-5:00 PM
Blrm A, David L Lawrence Convention Center
SYMP 19 - Socioecological Adaptations to Climate Change.
Within a coherent framework of Human Ecology, this symposium provides an interdisciplinary view of climate change forcing on human ecosystems and some of the consequences of the adaptations human societies might make in response. Climate change is introduced as a key “planetary boundary” that current anthropogenic activity is transgressing (introduced by Rockstrom et al in Nature 24/09/09). If humanity does cross the threshold of such planetary boundaries, then it risks perturbing the stability domain that has dominated during the Holocene, rendering the socio-economic and bio-physical foundations of complex societies highly vulnerable. Responding to this scene-setting introduction, speakers will discuss how these pressures may act on different aspects of human society and their ecosystems and how different social adaptations might feedback further change processes. In presenting, speakers will integrate their research more broadly in order to show how the changes they are discussing will influence change in other dimensions, so placing their material in a larger context. Responding papers will discuss an integrated study of the vulnerability of the interconnected food systems of Tokyo, Copenhagen and Canberra; changes to the capacity of ecosystems to provision for food or bio-fuels, and the consequence of different options for carbon fluxes; and the effects on human health and wellbeing. Talks following the break will be on how climate and the planet can be understood as comprising an integrated biophysical system. On a local scale, interdisciplinary studies of indigenous groups can track key socio-ecological changes across history in place, revealing principles that others can learn from. Such principles are relevant in the management and preservation of the ecological and conservation value of the newly emerged and novel human-influenced ecosystems of the 21st century. These examples demonstrate that policy makers, citizens, environmental managers and others need to collaborate with ecologists and other disciplines within communities of practice in order to understand and manage wicked problems in coupled human-environment systems The final speaker will wrap the symposium up by referring back to the concept of “planetary boundaries” and the thresholds that they place on humanity’s safe operating space. These planetary boundaries require redefining human relationships to the planet within a new framework of “planetary stewardship”. Ecologists have a key role to play within interdisciplinary partnerships to help frame policy and community engagement for a future of planetary stewardship. The session will then open for discussion from the floor, with all speakers convened as a panel.
Organizer:Robert A. Dyball, Australian National University
Co-organizers:Erle Ellis, University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Amy Freitag, Duke University
Moderator:Amy Freitag, Duke University
Endorsement:ESA Human Ecology Section, ESA Agroecology Section
1:30 PMIntroductory remarks
1:40 PMPlanetary boundaries: Estimating a safe operating space for humanity
Will Steffen, Australian National University
2:00 PMSecurity and sovereignty of food and land in Canberra, Copenhagen and Tokyo
John Porter, University of Copenhagen, Lisa Deutsch, Stockholm Resilience Centre, David Dumaresq , Australian National University, Robert A. Dyball, Australian National University, Takeuchi Kazuhiko , University of Tokyo
2:20 PMFood, climate and biofuels
David Pimentel, Cornell University
2:40 PMSustainable well-being and health
Chiho Watanabe, University of Tokyo, Koji Arizono, Prefectural University of Kumamoto, Masahiro Umezaki, University of Tokyo
3:00 PMCause and effect: Discerning the roles of the aleut through 4500 years of changing north Pacific ecosystems
Nicole Misarti, Idaho State University, Bruce Finney, Idaho State University, Nancy Huntly, Idaho State University, James Jordan, Antioch University, Herbert Maschner, Idaho State University, Katherine Reedy-Maschner, Idaho State University, Spencer A. Wood, University of British Columbia
3:20 PMBreak
3:30 PMEcology in the Anthropocene
Erle Ellis, University of Maryland, Baltimore County
3:50 PMEnvironmental optimism and realism in the 21st century
Richard J. Hobbs, University of Western Australia
4:10 PMSustainability science: Promoting coupled environmental conservation and human development in research and practice
Nancy Dickson, Harvard University, William C. Clark, Harvard University
4:30 PMPlanetary stewardship to sustain ecological and social values within safe boundaries of Earth’s life support system (and discussion leader)
Terry Chapin, University of Alaska

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