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Homo sapiens has changed the physical, ecological, and biological components of the Earth’s planetary systems to a degree far beyond that of any other species. Those environmental changes impact human populations in return, and continue to shift, often in unanticipated ways. BECS seeks to inform the transitions that society will need to make to sustain and improve human well-being in the face of environmental change, and to provide insights that will help limit environmental degradation.

 

Current Projects

 

Sustainability Science: Preparing for 9 Billion on the Planet 
This project will be a public workshop that will examine key underlying paradigms of both social and natural science, as they relate to human population size, population growth, aging populations, migration toward cities, and differential resource consumption, land use change, etc.  Read more...


Related Reports

Climate and Social Stress: Implications for Security Analysis  (BECS)
2013

Climate change can reasonably be expected to increase the frequency and intensity of a variety of potentially disruptive environmental events--slowly at first, but then more quickly. It is prudent to... Read more


Facilitating Climate Change Responses:A Report of Two Workshops on Insights from the Social and Behavioral Sciences  (BECS)
2010

The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, understanding the need for policy makers at the national level to entrain the behavioral and social sciences in addressing the challenges of global climate... Read more


Restructuring Federal Climate Research to Meet the Challenges of Climate Change  (BECS)
2009

Climate change is one of the most important global environmental problems facing the world today. Policy decisions are already being made to limit or adapt to climate change and its impacts, but there... Read more


New Directions in Climate Change Vulnerability, Impacts, and Adaptation Assessment:Summary of a Workshop  (BECS)
2009

With effective climate change mitigation policies still under development, and with even the most aggressive proposals unable to halt climate change immediately, many decision makers are focusing... Read more


Putting People on the Map: Protecting Confidentiality with Linked Social-Spatial Data  (BECS)
2007

Precise, accurate spatial information linked to social and behavioral data is revolutionizing social science by opening new questions for investigation and improving understanding of human behavior in... Read more


Population, Land Use, and Environment: Research Directions  (BECS)
2005

Population, Land Use, and Environment: Research Directions offers recommendations for future research to improve understanding of how changes in human populations affect the natural environment by... Read more


Science for the Sustainability Transition  
2002

Sustainability is one of today s many pressing issues that the National Academies addresses via studies and other mechanisms. National Academies studies relevant to sustainability are numerous and... Read more


Human Interactions with the Carbon Cycle: Summary of a Workshop  (BECS)
2002

The USGCRP's Carbon Cycle Working Group asked the National Research Council's Committee on the Human Dimensions of Global Change to hold a workshop on Human Interactions with the Carbon Cycle. The... Read more


The Drama of the Commons  (BECS)
2002

Introduction 1 The Drama of the Commons Thomas Dietz, Nives Dolak, Elinor Ostrom, and Paul C. Stern Part I: Resource Users, Resource Systems, and Behavior in the Drama of the Commons 2 Common... Read more


Making Climate Forecasts Matter  (BECS)
1999

El Nino has been with us for centuries, but now we can forcast it, and thus can prepare far in advance for the extreme climatic events it brings. The emerging ability to forecast climate may be of... Read more


Human Dimensions of Global Environmental Change:Research Pathways for the Next Decade  (BECS,PD)
1999

This publication is extracted from a much larger report, Global Environmental Change: Research Pathways for the Next Decade, which addresses the full range of the scientific issues concerning global... Read more


People and Pixels: Linking Remote Sensing and Social Science  (BECS)
1998

Space-based sensors are giving us an ever-closer and more comprehensive look at the earth's surface; they also have the potential to tell us about human activity. This volume examines the... Read more


Environmentally Significant Consumption:Research Directions  (BECS)
1997

There has been much polemic about affluence, consumption, and the global environment. For some observers, "consumption" is at the root of global environmental threats: wealthy individuals and... Read more



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