Special Issue "Adaptation or Extinction"

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A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 October 2012)

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Dr. Bruce E. Tonn
Environmental Sciences Division, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, P.O. Box 2008, Oak Ridge, Tennessee, 37831-6038, USA
Website: http://www.esd.ornl.gov/people/tonn/index.shtml
E-Mail: tonnbe@ornl.gov
Phone: +1 865 574 4041
Fax: +1 865 576 8646
Interests: energy policy; environmental policy; sustainability; foresight; futures analysis; decision making under uncertainty; technology assessment; energy program evaluation

Associate Editor
Dr. Donald G. MacGregor
President and Senior Scientist, MacGregor Bates, Inc., 1010 Villard Avenue, Cottage Grove, OR  97424, USA
E-Mail: donald@macgregorbates.com
Phone: +1 541 942 5727
Fax: +1 541 942 8041

Associate Editor
Ms. Dorian Stiefel
Department of Political Science, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, McClung Tower, Room 1001, Knoxville, TN 37996-0410, USA
E-Mail: dstiefel@utk.edu
Phone: +1 703 593 5755
Fax: +1 865 974 7037

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Change is inevitable. To be a sustainable system is to adapt. In other words, adaptation is the mechanism or process by which a system maintains sustainability. Failure to adapt threatens system viability. This special issue of Sustainability addresses this question: On balance, are the world’s most important systems adapting to become more sustainable or are the risks of their extinction increasing over time? This special issue will publish papers that describe specific adaptation successes and failures, and syntheses of trends which may describe whether important systems are heading toward successful adaptation or extinction. Systems under study could range from human civilizations to ecosystems. Papers that address the intersection between human systems adaptations and ecosystems adaptations are encouraged, as are papers that discuss limitations and barriers to adaptation, and characteristics of social/economic and environmental systems that facilitate sustainable adaptation. It is a goal of this special issue to publish papers that explore these issues through multiple perspectives (e.g., social/cultural/political versus genetic/species adaptation, individual versus group adaptation). Papers that explore and describe adaptation and extinction through modeling exercises and simulation in virtual environments are encouraged. This special issue will not publish papers that only provide technical descriptions of models, algorithms, data analysis methods, and/or virtual environments or merely describe enhancements thereof.

Dr. Bruce E. Tonn
Guest Editor

Keywords

  • adaptation
  • extinction
  • sustainable system(s)
  • system viability
  • modeling and simulation
  • risks of extinction

Published Papers (17 papers)

Sustainability 2013, 5(6), 2288-2304; doi:10.3390/su5062288
Received: 1 April 2013; in revised form: 4 April 2013 / Accepted: 15 May 2013 / Published: 24 May 2013
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Sustainability 2013, 5(5), 1764-1788; doi:10.3390/su5051764
Received: 20 March 2013; in revised form: 2 April 2013 / Accepted: 17 April 2013 / Published: 25 April 2013
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Sustainability 2013, 5(4), 1510-1521; doi:10.3390/su5041510
Received: 9 February 2013; in revised form: 26 March 2013 / Accepted: 27 March 2013 / Published: 3 April 2013
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Sustainability 2013, 5(4), 1461-1479; doi:10.3390/su5041461
Received: 20 January 2013; in revised form: 28 January 2013 / Accepted: 19 March 2013 / Published: 28 March 2013
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Sustainability 2013, 5(3), 1011-1035; doi:10.3390/su5031011
Received: 5 November 2012; in revised form: 7 January 2013 / Accepted: 6 February 2013 / Published: 6 March 2013
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Sustainability 2013, 5(3), 955-979; doi:10.3390/su5030955
Received: 21 November 2012; in revised form: 28 January 2013 / Accepted: 31 January 2013 / Published: 4 March 2013
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Sustainability 2013, 5(1), 256-275; doi:10.3390/su5010256
Received: 31 October 2012; in revised form: 8 January 2013 / Accepted: 14 January 2013 / Published: 18 January 2013
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Sustainability 2013, 5(1), 228-241; doi:10.3390/su5010228
Received: 9 November 2012; in revised form: 11 January 2013 / Accepted: 14 January 2013 / Published: 17 January 2013
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Sustainability 2013, 5(1), 163-186; doi:10.3390/su5010163
Received: 29 October 2012; in revised form: 2 January 2013 / Accepted: 4 January 2013 / Published: 14 January 2013
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Sustainability 2013, 5(1), 136-159; doi:10.3390/su5010136
Received: 31 October 2012; in revised form: 21 December 2012 / Accepted: 27 December 2012 / Published: 8 January 2013
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Sustainability 2013, 5(1), 52-71; doi:10.3390/su5010052
Received: 17 September 2012; in revised form: 6 December 2012 / Accepted: 14 December 2012 / Published: 27 December 2012
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Sustainability 2012, 4(12), 3248-3259; doi:10.3390/su4123248
Received: 5 October 2012; Accepted: 14 November 2012 / Published: 28 November 2012
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Sustainability 2012, 4(10), 2611-2629; doi:10.3390/su4102611
Received: 3 August 2012; in revised form: 23 September 2012 / Accepted: 2 October 2012 / Published: 15 October 2012
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Sustainability 2012, 4(10), 2550-2565; doi:10.3390/su4102550
Received: 30 August 2012; in revised form: 21 September 2012 / Accepted: 25 September 2012 / Published: 3 October 2012
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Sustainability 2012, 4(9), 2176-2208; doi:10.3390/su4092176
Received: 5 June 2012; in revised form: 26 July 2012 / Accepted: 21 August 2012 / Published: 11 September 2012
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Sustainability 2012, 4(8), 1787-1805; doi:10.3390/su4081787
Received: 4 July 2012; in revised form: 25 July 2012 / Accepted: 8 August 2012 / Published: 14 August 2012
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Sustainability 2012, 4(3), 384-393; doi:10.3390/su4030384
Received: 3 January 2012; in revised form: 23 February 2012 / Accepted: 5 March 2012 / Published: 14 March 2012
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Last update: 4 March 2014

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