CRC 1266 - Scales of Transformation

Cluster F focuses on the assessment of general patterns of transformation at the interface of social and environmental dynamics.

In this context, environment is understood as the natural background for cultural development, providing natural resources and constraints. Human communities in this context are understood as drivers and receptors of environmental change. The human-environmental relationship is regarded to be characterized by non-linear dynamics in which phases of stability or gradual change alternate with phases of rapid transformation. To reconstruct interdependencies, the magnitude and speed of processes are important.

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