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Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center

Bridging boundaries for research & discovery.

The National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) brings together the science of the natural world with the science of social systems and decision making to solve problems at the human-environment interface. For 10 years, SESYNC has accelerated research and learning that seeks to understand the structure, functioning, and sustainability of coupled social and environmental systems. To further this work, we invite you to explore our research and learning resources.

Center Highlights

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Socio-Hydrology: Including Human Behavior in Flood Risk Models
This video provides a socio-environmental modeling case study to demonstrate how to use socio-hydrological modeling to understand the difficult problems associated with flooding.
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Valuation of Natural Resources and Ecosystem Services: Economic Methods
This explainer provides an overview of valuation of ecosystem services as a way to measure individual and social preferences.
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Facilitating Interdisciplinary Meetings: A Practical Guide
This guide is intended to be a practical introduction to approaches and practices we use at SESYNC in facilitating synthesis meetings, trainings, and workshops to help improve teamwork processes.

Events

Participatory Modeling to Address Socio-Environmental Problems

Mon. 26 Sept. 2022, 15:00 –16:30 (EDT UTC -4)
Moira Zellner
Laura Schmitt Olabisi
Juan Castilla-Rho
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Expanding the development and use of socio-environmental system (SES) models is critical to solving urgent problems situated at the human-nature interface. Substantial progress is being made, but modeling challenges associated with a range of diverse issues remain. This is the sixth in a series of