Type of Presentation

Oral

Session Title

Integrating Social Science into Ecosystem-Based Management

Description

Research oriented toward understanding and managing socio-ecological systems (SES) requires collaboration from within and between the biophysical and social sciences. Even as SES approaches have gained ground in the development of ecosystem-based management efforts, the perennial disciplinary and meta-disciplinary differences that have challenged interdisciplinary collaborations remain. For the U.S. West Coast, we discuss how an Integrated Ecosystem Assessment (IEA) team, informed by a social science working group, focused on the smaller and larger ecological and social contexts of the California Current in developing a conceptual model to promote interdisciplinary dialogue in support of an SES approach. We wished to move from a conceptualization that portrayed an antagonistic relationship between humans and nature to one that integrated humans and social systems into an SES framework. As such, the SES conceptual model that was ultimately developed offers a range of intellectual and management-oriented opportunities for West Coast marine ecosystem researchers and policy-makers, including for the Puget Sound. In particular, our SES conceptual model presents a new and worthwhile framework for examining the distinctive interrelationships, scale considerations and disconnections involved in Puget Sound-centered salmon recovery for Washington State.

This document is currently not available here.

Share

COinS
 

A social-ecological (SES) conceptual model: applications for salmon recovery in Washington State

2016SSEC

Research oriented toward understanding and managing socio-ecological systems (SES) requires collaboration from within and between the biophysical and social sciences. Even as SES approaches have gained ground in the development of ecosystem-based management efforts, the perennial disciplinary and meta-disciplinary differences that have challenged interdisciplinary collaborations remain. For the U.S. West Coast, we discuss how an Integrated Ecosystem Assessment (IEA) team, informed by a social science working group, focused on the smaller and larger ecological and social contexts of the California Current in developing a conceptual model to promote interdisciplinary dialogue in support of an SES approach. We wished to move from a conceptualization that portrayed an antagonistic relationship between humans and nature to one that integrated humans and social systems into an SES framework. As such, the SES conceptual model that was ultimately developed offers a range of intellectual and management-oriented opportunities for West Coast marine ecosystem researchers and policy-makers, including for the Puget Sound. In particular, our SES conceptual model presents a new and worthwhile framework for examining the distinctive interrelationships, scale considerations and disconnections involved in Puget Sound-centered salmon recovery for Washington State.