The socio-environmental perspective is natural for many landscape ecologists, who tend to view landscapes as products of both human and natural processes. But while many studies claim an S-E grounding, few explicitly incorporate linkages and feed-backs between the social and ecological subsystems, or the resulting landscape patterns. And few S-E studies are grounded in spatial processes. The purpose of this symposium is to present a survey of studies that have attempted to bridge these two complimentary but disparate interdisciplinary approaches. These studies further our understand of the drivers of landscape change and use landscape patterns to help explain complex dynamics in S-E systems. The participating researchers come from a broad range of disciplines, from forestry to land cover change to sociology and are working on a diversity of socio-environmental systems, from forests to cities to croplands.
KEYWORDS: socio-environmental systems, coupled human and natural systems, spatial patterns, feedbacks, complex systems