Summer School "Ecology and Society: Frontiers and Boundaries" / 3 - 7 June 2019

Ecosystems societies Climate change Forests Hydrosystems Atmosphere Biodiversity Agrosystems Pressures Impacts Modelling Pollution Ecotoxicology Biogeochimical cycles Ecology Adaptability

Field trip 2015 - Château Suduiraut, Crédits photo LabEx COTE

Group Picture - Crédits photo LabEx COTE

Forest trip

Boat trip


Introduction : why a global ecology ?

Dune du Pyla

Dune du Pyla

Class room - Crédits photo LabEx COTE


Classroom - Crédits photo LabEx COTE

Field trip - Salles

Conference room


Dune du Pyla

Visiting Bordeaux

Fieldtrip Ciron - Crédits photo LabEx COTE

Fieldtrip Vineyard - Crédits photo LabEx COTE

Field Trip

Visiting Bordeaux

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.