Spillover systems in a telecoupled Anthropocene: typology, methods, and governance for global sustainability


May 9, 2018 - <liuji@msu.edu>, <vanden64@msu.edu>, Mateus Batistella, Edward Challies, <connor2@msu.edu>, Cecilie Friis, James DA Millington, Esther Parish, Chelsie L Romulo, Ramon Felipe Bicudo Silva, <vanden64@msu.edu>, <hbyang@rcees.ac.cn>, Zhiqiang Zhao, Karl S Zimmerer, Falk Huettmann, Mich

Journal or Book Title: Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability

Volume/Issue: 33

Page Number(s): 58-69

Year Published: 2018

The world has become increasingly telecoupled through distant flows of information, energy, people, organisms, goods, and matter. Recent advances suggest that telecouplings such as trade and species invasion often generate spillover systems with profound effects. To untangle spillover complexity, we make the first attempt to develop a typology of spillover systems based on six criteria: flows from and to sending and receiving systems, distances from sending and receiving systems, types of spillover effects, sizes of spillover systems, roles of agents in spillover systems, and the origin of spillover systems. Furthermore, we highlight a portfolio of qualitative and quantitative methods for detecting the often-overlooked spillover systems. To effectively govern spillover systems for global sustainability, we propose an overall goal (minimize negative and maximize positive spillover effects) and three general principles (fairness, responsibility, and capability).

DOI: 10.1016/j.cosust.2018.04.009

Type of Publication: Journal Article



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