Faculty Publications

Document Type

Article

Publication Version

Published Version

Keywords

Arctic, Indicators, Monitoring, Social-ecological system, Socially-oriented observations, Sustainability, Transdisciplinary approaches

Journal/Book/Conference Title

Sustainability (Switzerland)

Volume

13

Issue

1

First Page

1

Last Page

14

Abstract

Monitoring of social-ecological systems dynamics and sustainability is of high importance in a rapidly changing Arctic. The goal of this essay is to discuss and articulate the principles for designing a suitable Arctic sustainability monitoring framework based on the convergence between resilience thinking and sustainable development paradigms. We propose to integrate sustainability monitoring into the socially-oriented observations (SOO) methodologies in order to design Arctic sus-tainability monitoring as a transdisciplinary participatory activity that results in both co-production of sustainability knowledge and building more sustainable and resilient Arctic social-ecological systems by enabling continuous observation and informed decision-making. Special attention is given to approaches for developing sustainability indicators to monitor trends in Arctic social-ecological systems. It is argued that sustainability monitoring is a valuable component of the Arctic sustain-ability knowledge system that integrates social and natural sciences and engages Indigenous, local, and traditional knowledge, entrepreneurship, education, and decision-making. Bringing together diverse knowledge systems is the primary route to collectively pursue sustainability in a holistic, polycentric, multifaceted, participatory, and knowledge-driven manner. Transdisciplinary SOO approaches and methods are specifically discussed.

Department

Department of Geography

Original Publication Date

1-1-2021

Object Description

1 PDF file

DOI of published version

10.3390/su13010177

Repository

UNI ScholarWorks, Rod Library, University of Northern Iowa

Copyright

©2021 by the Authors. CC BY

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

Language

en

File Format

application/pdf

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