COUPLING HUMAN AND ENVIRONMENT SYSTEM FOR SUSTAINABILITY: THEORY AND PRACTICE
Chair: Wenwu Zhao
Co-chair: Walter Musakwa
Coupling Human and Environment system for Sustainability: theory and practice Human activities have significantly changed the environmental system in many aspects, resulting in numerous resources, disasters, and ecological problems. These issues pose great challenges for a sustainable future for humanity. The human system and environment systems are interacting as a complex coupled system, with various system dynamic behaviors (such as resilience, capacity) and feedbacks occurring at different scales. The coupled human and environmental system has become a frontier research area for many fields such as ecology, geography, environmental science, and plays a key role in solving pressing issues related to sustainability such as conservation, agriculture, environment, and resources management. This session invites research that focuses on the coupled human-environment system at different scales (e.g., local, regional, and global) and on how the coupled system can promote sustainability. The subjects this session covered are not limited to empirical and modeling studies, methodological and case studies, or review or other work related to this topic. The following topics are particularly welcome: (1) Modeling the coupled human and environment system at different scales and of varying complexity. The scale of the model could be local, regional, and global. The coupled system can be a full system or its key components such as ecosystem, agriculture, population, water, and climate. (2) System behaviors and feedbacks of the coupled human and environment system. The emerging behaviors such as carrying capacity, tipping point, or resilience of a coupled system and the two-way feedbacks among subsystems of human and environment, e.g., the cascade from ecosystem processes to ecosystem services and human well-being. (3) The coupled human and environment system and their interactions with sustainability, such as how the coupled system promotes ecosystems services for sustainable development goals (SDGs) and how SDG, in turn, affects the coupled system. (4) The local and regional practice for achieving sustainable development with the coupled human and environment system approach. Case studies and real-world practices on how to achieve sustainable development under the framework of coupled human and environment system. This session will present the latest research progress on the coupled human and environment system as a tool to achieve sustainability, including method and applications. The discussion of this session could improve our understanding of the coupling of human and environment system and provide scientific guidance to implement sustainable development.