Forestry Hanover Seminar Series presents: Jiquan Chen, Michigan State University

Date: March 17, 2015
Location: 225 Natural Resources

Time: 4 p.m. (Refreshments at 3:50 p.m.)

Forestry Hanover Seminar Series presents:

Title: Harmonizing People and Nature

Presented by:

Jiquan Chen
Center for Global Change and Earth Observations & Department of Geography
Michigan State University


Abstract: On the Mongolia Plateau that includes two governments with similar ecological systems but contrasting socioeconomic systems – Inner Mongolia (IM) of China and Mongolia (MG). The Plateau has increasingly received worldwide attention due to the rapid biophysical and socioeconomic changes. Here we teamed up with colleagues from US, Mongolia, and China to understand the divergent trajectories and coevolution following the coupled natural and human (CNH) concept. We aim at to examining and modeling the interactive changes of the NS and HS as well as the feedbacks in time and space for the Plateau in recent decades. Lessons being learned from the Plateau seem echo those from other systems such as our recent work across the dynamic globe. Particular attention was made to understand the co-evolutions of the ratios between the elements of HS and NS, such as GDP/GPP.  There are tight connections among the elements of HS and NS, although the co-evolutions have to be understood in the context of governments, policy, and other major institutional shifts