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date: 25 May 2020

Complexity Theory  

Source:
Berkshire Encyclopedia of Sustainability
Author(s):
Graeme S. CUMMINGGraeme S. CUMMING

Complexity theory deals with systems that exhibit complex behaviors, such as nonlinear responses, self-organization, sophisticated information processing, and learning. Complex systems include social-ecological systems (linked systems of people and nature) such as those associated with agriculture, fisheries, and forestry. These systems may demonstrate rapid and potentially irreversible shifts between states. Understanding and managing complex dynamics in social-ecological systems are of fundamental importance for our long-term future. ...

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