Humboldt University of Berlin
Specialty Chief Editor
Social-Ecological Urban Systems
Research on social-ecological systems is part of the core competence of modern transformation and resilience analysis. It is of particular importance for complex urban and peri-urban systems. Social-ecological system analysis and the resulting understanding of the system can provide crucial insights into mitigation of and, above all, adaptation to climate change and focus both on the analysis of individual core variables and on the whole system and system outputs. The same applies to human physical and mental health in cities and urban spaces as providers of ecosystem services. Ultimately, it is also socio-ecological systems from who’s understanding a novel view on pandemic emergence as well as ideas on a one health approach can grow.
Ecological and social systems are multi-factorial and multi-scalar, they are the subject of qualitative as well as quantitative research. Social-ecological systems can no longer be thought of without technology and technology, so that the technological component is also part of the system understanding, the system-immanent technology such as transportation or water supply or energy provision infrastructures as well as the monitoring technology for state maintenance such as satellite-supported earth observation.
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Social-Ecological Urban Systems welcomes submissions of the following article types: Brief Research Report, Community Case Study, Conceptual Analysis, Correction, Data Report, Editorial, General Commentary, Hypothesis & Theory, Methods, Mini Review, Opinion, Original Research, Perspective, Policy Brief, Policy and Practice Reviews, Review, Systematic Review, Technology and Code.
All manuscripts must be submitted directly to the section Social-Ecological Urban Systems, where they are peer-reviewed by the Associate and Review Editors of the specialty section.
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