Operationalising a social–ecological system perspective on the Arctic Ocean

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Type: Journal Article
Year of publication: 2017
Date published: 10/2017
Authors: Anne-Sophie Crépin, Åsa Gren, Gustav Engström, Daniel Ospina
Journal title: Ambio
ISSN: 0044-7447

We propose a framework to support management that builds on a social–ecological system perspective on the Arctic Ocean. We illustrate the framework’s application for two policy-relevant scenarios of climate-driven change, picturing a shift in zooplankton composition and alternatively a crab invasion. We analyse archetypical system dynamics between the socio-economic, the natural, and the governance systems in these scenarios. Our holistic approach can help managers identify looming problems arising from complex system interactions and prioritise among problems and solutions, even when available data are limited.

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