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People and Adaptation to Change

It is becoming very clear that society needs to be planning for how it will maintain human well-being as the environment changes over coming decades. BECS seeks to inform the transitions that will be made by helping governmental agencies and others incorporate knowledge from the social sciences, with knowledge from the natural sciences, into the planning process.

 

 

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...

 


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


Describing Socioeconomic Futures for Climate Change Research and Assessment:Report of a Workshop  (BECS)
2011

The implications of climate change for the environment and society depend on the rate and magnitude of climate change, but also on changes in technology, economics, lifestyles, and policy that will... 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


Informing Decisions in a Changing Climate  (BECS)
2009

Everyone--government agencies, private organizations, and individuals--is facing a changing climate: an environment in which it is no longer prudent to follow routines based on past climatic averages.... 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



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