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Symposium Univ Bordeaux

École d’été internationale "Weak signals and emerging issues in ecological transition" 3-7 juillet 2017


From hard evidence to exploring uncertain futures

by Pieter Leroy

- a brief history of environmental reporting -

'Weak signals and emerging issues' not only herald this year's summer school of the Labex COTE. In fact, these buzz words also illustrate recent trends in environmental reporting and, thereby, in the way we conceive and approach environmental issues. This introduction looks back on 30 years of environmental reporting. Not only did we evolve from 'environmental' to 'sustainability' indicators, we increasingly payed attention to larger, systemic trends and constraints, and were looking for opportunities for societal transformations. These ontological shifts went parallel with another way of dealing with uncertainty, both scientifically and politically. Concepts such as 'weak signals and emerging issues', therefore, seem the latest landmarks in this exploration of uncertainty.


Ecosystèmes sociétés Transfert Forêts Atmosphère Hydrosystèmes Interactions Agrosystèmes Continuum Impacts Pressions Modélisation Pollution Ecotoxicologie Cycles biogéochimiques Ecologie Adaptation

Vineyards

Vineyards

Evening

Crédit, LabEx COTE - Claire Gouny

Field trip - Salles

Vineyards

Field trip - Salles

Introduction : why a global ecology ?

Dune du Pyla

Crédit, BioGeCo

Conference room

Commodifying ecosystemic services

Conference room

Field trip - Salles

Visiting Bordeaux

Evening

Group Picture

Cellars

Forest trip

Cellars

HAUT