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People-Environment Interactions

People and Climate Variation

People and Resource Decisions

People and Adaptation to Change

People, Risk, and Resilience

Research, Education, and Evaluation

People-Environment Interactions

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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

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