Although returning quickly to normal after a socio-environmental surprise such as a large flood or drought that has caused devastation to the community and the environment is an understandable reaction, such a reaction could have a negative impact on socio-environmental resilience. Moreover, although systems always learn and change as a result of a surprise, the amount of adaptive learning that occurs could depend upon how many surprises a community has experienced. This project aims to gain a better understanding of this learning process.
It is possible that a swift return to how things were before a disaster could lead to the strengthening of existing vulnerabilities. This means that although communities recovered quickly, they might not necessarily be better able to cope with a future surprise event. Such an outcome means that instead of aiming to return to how things were before a disaster, communities may have to enter into discussions about the types of changes that need to take place in order to adapt and be better able to cope with a future surprise.
In order to improve governance of surprises, this project looks at the interaction between governance and biophysical systems. In a first step, both systems are described separately in order to ascertain how surprise events impact upon them individually. In a second step, the governance and biophysical systems are evaluated in order to understand the impacts of adaptation measures on socio-environmental resilience. This project will achieve this by drawing on research findings from Germany and the USA.
|Resource Title||Brief Summary|
|Drought Effects on US Maize and Soybean Production: Spatiotemporal Patterns and Historical Changes||
Sep 14, 2016
Article published in Environmental Research Letters.
|Socio-environmental drought response in a mixed urban-agricultural setting: synthesizing biophysical and governance responses in the Platte River Watershed, Nebraska, USA||
Dec 07, 2017
Article published in Ecology and Society.