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Title: Monitoring the resilience of rivers as social-ecological systems: a paradigm shift for river assessment in the twenty-first century
Contributor(s): Parsons, Melissa  (author); Thoms, Martin  (author)orcid ; Flotemersch, Joe (author); Reid, Michael  (author)orcid 
Publication Date: 2016
DOI: 10.1002/9781118643525.ch10
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Abstract: Rivers have an important role in the development and continued prosperity of many countries through, inter alia, the ecosystem services they provide. Two concepts have captured the attention of natural resource managers enthusiastic to embrace linked human-environmental dimensions of social-ecological systems: resilience thinking and ecosystem services. This chapter argues that advancing national interests in river ecosystem sustainability in the twenty-first century will require river assessment programmes to pay greater attention to the linkages between social factors and the condition of biophysical elements of river ecosystems. It briefly describes the development of the major, biophysically-focused contemporary river assessment and monitoring approaches. The chapter then assesses the utility of biophysical parameters for assessing rivers as social-ecological systems. Finally, it develops a framework describing how the social and ecological components of river ecosystems can be included in river assessment programmes, based on principles of resilience thinking and strategic adaptive management.
Publication Type: Book Chapter
Source of Publication: River Science: Research and Management for the 21st Century, p. 197-220
Publisher: John Wiley &​ Sons Ltd
Place of Publication: Chichester, United Kingdom
ISBN: 9781118643525
Field of Research (FOR): 040699 Physical Geography and Environmental Geoscience not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Outcome Codes: 960999 Land and Water Management of Environments not elsewhere classified
HERDC Category Description: B1 Chapter in a Scholarly Book
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