Cross-scale interactions
Varma, Navarun ;  Mishra, Arabinda ;  Freie Universität Berlin, Fachbereich Politik- und Sozialwissenschaften, Forschungsstelle für Umweltpolitik

Main titleCross-scale interactions
Subtitleyet a challenge in vulnerability and adaptation analysis
AuthorVarma, Navarun
AuthorMishra, Arabinda
InstitutionFreie Universität Berlin, Fachbereich Politik- und Sozialwissenschaften, Forschungsstelle für Umweltpolitik
No. of Pages32 S.
Classification (DDC)320 Political science
AbstractVulnerability assessments performed for long term environmental changes in the global, sub global, national or local level regularly employ up-scaling and down-scaling of information.
Such techniques do not always account for the interplay of the factors across the levels in
different scales. As a result, the current studies may give an incomplete understanding of the dynamics of a complex adaptive system (CAS) that is responsible for shaping its vulnerability to a risk. This working paper is an attempt to understand the concepts of dynamic complexity in a CAS and reasons for complementarity and contrast when observed through different scales of analysis. Through a literature survey we arrive at a point that there is no single solution in scientific studies or management approaches for understanding and solving systemic problems in a CAS like socio-ecological system (SES). This leads us to look towards approaches that facilitate learning from different understandings of the same problem and negotiation among groups with different viewpoints. Finally, a case of an agro-ecosystem in the Brahmaputra basin in India is cited to illustrate such complexity and problems for decision making for adaptation.
We pose three research questions-

• How can we have an integrated model of the causal mechanisms that lead to an
irreversible change in a multilevel SES?
• How do we form an appropriate and acceptable strategy for adaptation when the state of a system changes?
• What is the appropriate form of governance which can maintain the ecological resilience
for adaptation during periods of environmental change?
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FU DepartmentMarie Curie Training Course on   Human Dimensions of Global Environmental Change
Year of publication2011
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