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Sustainability 2018, 10(5), 1516; https://doi.org/10.3390/su10051516

Applying Place-Based Social-Ecological Research to Address Water Scarcity: Insights for Future Research

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Department of Biological Sciences, Idaho State University, 921 South 8th Avenue, Pocatello, ID 83209, USA
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Centro Andaluz para la Evaluación y Seguimiento del Cambio Global (CAESCG), Departamento de Biología Vegetal y Ecología, Universidad de Almería, La Cañada de San Urbano, 04120 Almería, Spain
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Human-Environment Systems Center, Boise State University, Boise, ID 83725, USA
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Department of Biological Sciences, University of Alabama, 300 Hackberry Lane, Tuscaloosa, AL 35487, USA
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Department of Sociology, Idaho State University, Social Work, and Criminology, 921 South 8th Avenue, Pocatello, ID 83209, USA
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Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, Natural Resources and the Environment, P.O. Box 320, Stellenbosch 7599, South Africa
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School of Agricultural, Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of KwaZulu-Natal, 27 Private Bag X01, Scottsville 3209, South Africa
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Department of Applied Research and Agricultural Extension, Madrid Institute for Rural, Agricultural and Food Research and Development (IMIDRA), Finca Experimental ‘‘El Encín’’Ctra N-II, Km 38,200, 28800 Alcala de Henares, Spain
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Department of Geography, Texas State University, 601 University Drive, ELA 139, San Marcos, TX 78666, USA
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Institute for Ethics and Transdisciplinary Sustainability Research, Leuphana University of Lüneburg, Faculty of Sustainability, Universitätsallee 1, 21355 Lüneburg, Germany
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Department of Geography, University of Idaho, University of Idaho, 875 Perimeter Drive, Moscow, ID 83844, USA
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Oklahoma Biological Survey and Department of Biology, University of Oklahoma, 111 E Chesapeake St, Norman, OK 73019, USA
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Stockholm Resilience Centre, Stockholm University, Kräftriket 2B, SE-10691 Stockholm, Sweden
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Received: 3 March 2018 / Revised: 1 May 2018 / Accepted: 7 May 2018 / Published: 10 May 2018
(This article belongs to the Section Social Ecology and Sustainability)
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Abstract

Globally, environmental and social change in water-scarce regions challenge the sustainability of social-ecological systems. WaterSES, a sponsored working group within the Program for Ecosystem Change and Society, explores and compares the social-ecological dynamics related to water scarcity across placed-based international research sites with contrasting local and regional water needs and governance, including research sites in Spain and Sweden in Europe, South Africa, China, and Alabama, Idaho, Oklahoma, and Texas in the USA. This paper aims to provide a commentary on insights into conducting future solutions-oriented research on water scarcity based on the understanding of the social-ecological dynamics of water scarce regions. View Full-Text
Keywords: PECS; water governance; ecosystem service; place-based research; social-ecological system; sustainability; transdisciplinary science PECS; water governance; ecosystem service; place-based research; social-ecological system; sustainability; transdisciplinary science
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Castro, A.J.; Quintas-Soriano, C.; Brandt, J.; Atkinson, C.L.; Baxter, C.V.; Burnham, M.; Egoh, B.N.; García-Llorente, M.; Julian, J.P.; Martín-López, B.; Liao, F.H.; Running, K.; Vaughn, C.C.; Norström, A.V. Applying Place-Based Social-Ecological Research to Address Water Scarcity: Insights for Future Research. Sustainability 2018, 10, 1516.

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