Published on May 1, 2019
We evaluate whether recent land-system science research into telecoupling provides a basis to set normative goals or priorities for addressing sustainability in coupled human-natural systems.
Published on April 30, 2019
Two papers by Michigan State University (MSU) scientists begin challenging a more simplistic, input/output view of natural resources in favor of a way that better reflected how the world really works.
Published on April 14, 2019
We compile different indicators for assessing interregional ES flows and evaluate their suitability for national and regional ES assessments.
Published on April 2, 2019
We use the monarch butterfly, a migratory species of high conservation value, to illustrate how citizen science data can be utilized in telecoupling research to help inform conservation decisions.
Published on March 29, 2019
We constructed and analyzed interprovincial virtual water and energy transfer networks, using China (the largest energy consumer and is undergoing severe water scarcity) as a demonstration.
Published on March 21, 2019
The total virtual energy transferred from energy scarce to energy-abundant provinces increased from 43.2% to 47.5% from 2007 to 2012.
Published on February 21, 2019
A systematic review of the first five years of telecoupling research to evaluate the state of telecoupling science and identify strengths, areas to be improved, and promising avenues for future study.
SUSTAINABILITY -- Complex interrelationships between ecosystem services supply and tourism demand: General framework and evidence from the origin of three Asian rivers
Published on December 19, 2018
This study identifies complex interrelationships between the demand for nature-based tourism, which is a type of cultural ES, ES supply, and the economy simultaneously, using China’s Qinghai Province as a demonstration site.
Published on November 27, 2018
Systematic review of causal attribution in the telecoupling literature (n = 89 studies) and development of a standardized causal terminology and typology for consistent use in telecoupling research.
ECOSYSTEM SERVICES -- Global relationships between biodiversity and nature-based tourism in protected areas
Published on October 30, 2018
We present results on the interplay between biodiversity conservation and nature-based tourism, while controlling for environmental and socioeconomic factors in and surrounding terrestrial PAs worldwide.
Published on October 19, 2018
We suggest systems approaches such as nexus approaches and flow-centered governance to help China achieve ecological civilization and become an environmental leader on a metacoupled planet.
ECOLOGY AND SOCIETY - Network analysis as a tool for quantifying the dynamics of metacoupled systems: an example using global soybean trade
Published on October 14, 2018
Network analysis is a powerful and flexible tool that has been used to quantify social, economic, and ecological systems. We evaluate the utility of network analysis for quantifying metacoupled systems by assessing global soybean trade among 217 countries.
Published on October 4, 2018
We used the two supply-chain agreements implemented in the Amazon biome as examples and evaluated their spillover effects to the Cerrado.
ECOLOGY AND SOCIETY -- Complex effects of natural disasters on protected areas through altered telecouplings
Published on September 14, 2018
With long-term data collected in China’s Wolong Nature Reserve for giant pandas, we applied the telecoupling framework to assess the effects of the 2008 Wenchuan earthquake on telecouplings that link Wolong with the rest of the world
ECOLOGY AND SOCIETY -- Feedback of telecoupling: the case of a payments for ecosystem services program
Published on July 9, 2018
This study highlights that local human–nature interactions driven by telecouplings, such as human–wildlife conflicts, may trigger feedbacks that affect telecouplings themselves.
Published on June 22, 2018
Farming has always been difficult. However, through technological advances, we can plant crops, apply precise synthetic fertilizers and harvest with ease. Yet even as uncertainty over supply has been reduced, market demand is more volatile than ever.
APPLIED GEOGRAPHY -- The Telecoupling GeoApp: A Web-GIS application to systematically analyze telecouplings and sustainable development
Published on May 16, 2018
To operationalize the framework, we have developed the Telecoupling GeoApp, a new web-based component of the Telecoupling Toolbox that provides researchers and practitioners with a useful platform to address globally important issues.
Published on May 7, 2018
The decisions domestic farmers must make as imported food changes the crop market can damage the environment.
Published on May 4, 2018
Our study shows that international food trade can also lead to environmental pollution in importing countries.
Published on November 26, 2017
This paper presents an integrated framework of metacoupling: human-nature interactions within a system (intracoupling), between distant systems (telecoupling), and between adjacent systems (pericoupling).