A powerful new framework to understand how small -- and connected -- the world is

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To understand today’s hyper-connected world and achieve a sustainable future, it takes an umbrella.

That umbrella is telecoupling, a new avenue of research that enables natural and social scientists across various disciplines to understand and generate information for managing how humans and nature sustainably coexist.

“We need an integrated umbrella framework that would capture all different kinds of socioeconomic and environmental interactions among coupled human and natural systems over distances,” said Jianguo “Jack”Liu, director of the Center for Systems Integration and Sustainability at Michigan State University. “That will help scientists more systematically understand connections and feedbacks between different places.

“That will also help policy makers to develop more effective policies to protect the environment, conserve the natural systems, and benefit the people worldwide.”

See how telecoupling is changing how science explores the world.

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