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The Regime Shifts Database : a framework for analyzing regime shifts in social-ecological systems

dc.contributor.authorBiggs, Reinetteen_ZA
dc.contributor.authorPeterson, Garry D.en_ZA
dc.contributor.authorRocha, Juan C.en_ZA
dc.date.accessioned2019-09-18T10:20:22Z
dc.date.available2019-09-18T10:20:22Z
dc.date.issued2018
dc.identifier.citationBiggs, R., Peterson, G. D. & Rocha, J. C. 2018. The Regime Shifts Database : a framework for analyzing regime shifts in social-ecological systems. Ecology and Society, 23(3):9, doi:10.5751/ES-10264-230309
dc.identifier.issn1708-3087 (online)
dc.identifier.otherdoi:10.5751/ES-10264-230309
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10019.1/106491
dc.descriptionCITATION: Biggs, R., Peterson, G. D. & Rocha, J. C. 2018. The Regime Shifts Database : a framework for analyzing regime shifts in social-ecological systems. Ecology and Society, 23(3):9, doi:10.5751/ES-10264-230309.
dc.descriptionThe original publication is available at https://www.ecologyandsociety.org
dc.description.abstractRegime shifts, i.e., large, persistent, and usually unexpected changes in ecosystems and social-ecological systems, can have major impacts on ecosystem services, and consequently, on human well-being. However, the vulnerability of different regions to various regime shifts is largely unknown because evidence for the existence of regime shifts in different ecosystems and parts of the world is scattered and highly uneven. Furthermore, research tends to focus on individual regime shifts rather than comparisons across regime shifts, limiting the potential for identifying common drivers that could reduce the risk of multiple regime shifts simultaneously. Here, we introduce the Regime Shifts Database, an open-access database that systematically synthesizes information on social-ecological regime shifts across a wide range of systems using a consistent, comparative framework, providing a wide-ranging information resource for environmental planning, assessment, research, and teaching initiatives. The database currently contains 28 generic types of regime shifts and > 300 specific case studies. Each entry provides a literature-based synthesis of the key drivers and feedbacks underlying the regime shift, as well as impacts on ecosystem services and human well-being, and possible management options. Across the 28 regime shifts, climate change and agriculture-related activities are the most prominent among a wide range of drivers. Biodiversity, fisheries, and aquatic ecosystems are particularly widely affected, as are key aspects of human well-being, including livelihoods, food and nutrition, and an array of cultural ecosystem services. We hope that the database will stimulate further research and teaching on regime shifts that can inform policy and practice and ultimately enhance our collective ability to manage and govern large, abrupt, systemic changes in the Anthropocene.en_ZA
dc.description.urihttps://www.ecologyandsociety.org/issues/article.php/10264
dc.format.extent25 pages ; illustrations
dc.language.isoen_ZAen_ZA
dc.publisherResilience Alliance
dc.subjectEcosystem servicesen_ZA
dc.subjectSocial ecologyen_ZA
dc.subjectRegime change -- Statistical methodsen_ZA
dc.subjectSocial-ecological systemsen_ZA
dc.titleThe Regime Shifts Database : a framework for analyzing regime shifts in social-ecological systemsen_ZA
dc.typeArticleen_ZA
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