AMBIO - Global gateways as telecoupled human and natural systems: The emerging case of the Bering Strait

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March 28, 2023 - Author: <walovens@msu.edu>, <kapsarke@msu.edu>, Tobias Schwoerer, Matthew Berman, Jennifer I. Schmidt, <vina@msu.edu> & <liuji@msu.edu>

https://doi.org/10.1007/s13280-023-01835-2

Abstract:

Numerous narrow marine passages around the world serve as essential gateways for the transportation of goods, the movement of people, and the migration of fish and wildlife. These global gateways facilitate human–nature interactions across distant regions. The socioeconomic and environmental interactions among distant coupled human and natural systems affect the sustainability of global gateways in complex ways. However, the assessment and analysis of global gateways are scattered and fragmented. To fill this knowledge gap, we frame global gateways as telecoupled human and natural systems using an emerging global gateway, the Bering Strait, as a demonstration. We examine how three telecoupling processes (tourism, vessel traffic, and natural resource development) impact and are impacted by the coupled human and natural system of the Bering Strait Region. Given that global gateways share many similarities, our analysis of the Bering Strait Region provides a foundation for the assessment of other telecoupled global gateways.

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