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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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Resources for Socio-Environmental Systems Modeling
This list of resources—including video tutorials, case studies, lessons, and publications—cover the ins and outs of modeling socio-environmental systems.
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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.