Friday, March 18, 2011 - 10:00am - 11:15am

In this seminar, Peterson will discuss two challenges associated with efforts to make ethics an explicit part of environmental governance. First, focusing on the moral dimension of environmental governance may exacerbate conflict by highlighting foundational divisions among stakeholders. Second, traditional uses of applied ethics may encourage positional bargaining and neglect stakeholders’ interests. He suggests a renewed focus on distributive justice and pragmatism within applied ethics may create opportunities to address these challenges.

Thursday, March 17, 2011 - 11:00am - 12:00pm

Gutman will discuss the importance of land cover in the Earth's system, the need for moderate (10-60 m) space resolution data from satellites and available data sets. He will also present a short overview of the NASA LCLUC program and describe the funding opportunities for students, post-docs and all NASA scientists related to LCLUC.

There is not cost to attend the seminar, but attendees must RSVP to Jean Lepard at to ensure a seat.

Monday, February 28, 2011 - 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Monday, February 21, 2011 - 9:45am - 11:15am

Many problems of sustainability are strongly influenced by the social networks that link together relevant stakeholders. These networks are often complex, self-organizing mosaics that include diverse actors such as natural resource users, scientists, and policy advocates. Social networks also shape the dynamics that give rise to conflict and consensus within social groups.

Sunday, February 20, 2011 - 1:30pm - 4:30pm

For 50 years, archeologists have worked with botanists, zoologists, geologists, and other scientists to reconstruct past environments and identify constituents of the archeological record. But only recently have we begun to incorporate the data from other sciences in dynamic models of prehistoric societies in their changing landscapes, to begin to understand how subtle processes such as the human impact on the environment interact with climatic variability, and human social and cultural processes, to form the archeological record that we discover.

Sunday, February 20, 2011 - 8:30am - 11:30am

Measuring progress toward sustainability and evaluating policies intended to support sustainability requires measuring sustainability with indicators that are valid and reliable. Whereas proposals for such measures have existed for several decades, in the last few years, an increasingly sophisticated literature has developed estimates of key measures, examined methodological issues in sustainability measurement, and applied the measures to the analysis of the impact of alternative policies and institutions on sustainability.

Saturday, February 19, 2011 - 10:00am - 11:30am

Humans in all societies depend on some form of ecological service to sustain themselves. In some cases, communities successfully self-organize to govern the resource in a sustainable fashion, and in other cases they do not. Many factors influence whether resource-use patterns will be sustainable, ranging from commercial and economic incentives for harvesting, dietary needs, and cultural incentives to restrict overharvesting.

Friday, February 18, 2011 - 1:30pm - 4:30pm

There is an increasing frequency and scope of telecoupling around the world (exchange of energy, matter, and information among human and natural systems across spatial, temporal, and organizational borders; examples may include tourism, trade, migration, species invasion, pollution, and flows and use of ecosystem services and goods across boundaries). Biophysical teleconnections in the Earth system and globalization in socioeconomic systems have been studied extensively but often separately.

Friday, February 18, 2011 - 1:30pm - 4:30pm

Many coupled human-nature systems are characterized by complexities such as nonlinearities and heterogeneity. Less is known about how human decisions are made to affect such systems. This symposium, which incorporates case studies in three Asian national reserves/parks, centers on generalizing characteristics, driving forces, and related methodologies for understanding human decision-making and its consequences.