Preface and acknowledgements

One does not have to go many years back to remember a time when environmental change was mainly viewed and studied separately from the human and social dimensions. Even today, some still consider environmental changes in isolation from the wider context in which they take place. This separation presents a misleading picture of not only what drives environmental change, but also how such changes affect the larger context in which humans and other species live. Viewing environmental change from an integrated systems perspective provides much-needed insights on the drivers of change, the distribution of vulnerability, and the long-term consequences that emerge from the complex and non-linear interactions between environment ...

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