Working for a sustainable future involves understanding the complex interactions between natural and social systems, and in recent years, a body of theory relating to this complexity has arisen from economics, physics, biology, and the social sciences. Complexity theory has great potential for exploring issues stemming from the relationship between humans and nature, especially those dealing with complex adaptive systems, and captures many of the system behaviors characteristic of human and natural systems.
One of the theory's major emphases is on understanding the conditions that are required for system selforganization, as the capacity of any system to self-organize is crucial for its persistence (sustainability) over time.
This book is a novel contribution, showing how complexity theory can be applied to environmental and management problems, with a special focus on issues of sustainability. The contributing authors are leaders in the field, making the volume ideal for scholars and environmental engineering practitioners across the world.
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