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Domingo Alcaraz-Segura
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Email: dalcaraz@ugr.es
Institution:University of Granada (Spain)
Position:Professor
José María Paruelo
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Email: paruelo@agro.uba.ar
Institution:University of Buenos Aires (Argentina)
Position:Professor
Ernesto Hugo Berbery
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Email: berbery@umd.edu
Institution:University of Maryland (USA)
Position:Research Professor
Howard E. Epstein
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Email: hee2b@virginia.edu
Institution:University of Virginia (USA)
Position:Professor

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What new is the Socio-Ecosystem Functional Type concept bringing to SES science?

The functioning of ecosystems globally is directly linked to the social, economic, and political environments of the existing governing entities geographically, and that these are obviously dynamic over time.  Understanding how ecosystems function within the context of a highly heterogeneous (space and time) social, economic, and political landscape will be crucial for making predictions about the exchange of carbon, water, and energy among land surface, ground, atmosphere, and hydrosphere components of the Earth system - all of which is key to the dynamics and evolution of Earth's ecosystems (with humans included in these ecosystems).

Javier Cabello
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Email: jcabello@ual.es
Institution:University of Almería (Spain)
Position:Professor
Antonio J. Castro
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Email: castanto@isu.edu
Institution:Idaho State University (USA)
Position:Research Assistant Professor

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What new is the Socio-Ecosystem Functional Type concept bringing to SES science?

The concept of Social-Ecological Systems (SESs) emphasizes that societies are highly interconnected with the biophysical life-support system and vice versa. There is an urgent need for new interdisciplinary, holistic, and operational approaches for understanding the complex spatiotemporal dynamics existing in coupled human and natural systems. SESs recognize that human wellbeing depends partly upon the ecosystems, as well as, the ecosystems depend on human behavior, institutional diversity and policies and governance processes. On one hand, much work has been done over the last decade since Paruelo et al. (2001) defined the concept of Ecosystem Functional Type (EFTs) as groups of ecosystems that share similar dynamics of matter and energy exchanges between the biota and the physical environment. On the other hand, the study of the social systems highlights the importance of understanding and including the diversity of stakeholders and formal institutions as a way to incorporate how societies value, use and consume the services provided by ecosystems, as well as to characterize the derived human interventions associated to different environmental policies and governance cultures. The concept of Socio-Ecosystem Functional Types (SEFTs), defined as “patches of the land surface that share both similar dynamics of matter and energy exchanges between the biota and the physical environment, and similar socioeconomic and cultural patterns and dynamics”, represent a real challenge for tracking the role of societies in Earth system and making operational in decision-domains the SESs conceptualization. Among some important research questions, I am particularly interested in responding the following: is the SETFs concept a valid approach for tracking the sustainability of SES? what remote sensing science can bring for characterizing the dynamics of social systems? Which social variables are optimal for evaluating the degree of coupling or decoupling of SES?

Esteban Gabriel Jobbágy
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Email: jobbagy@unsl.edu.ar
Institution:CIC-CONICET, at National University of San Luis (Argentina)
Position:Principal Research Scientist
Néstor Fernández
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Email: nestor@ebd.csic.es
Institution:German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) (Germany)
Position:Postdoc
Julio Peñas
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Email: jgiles@ugr.es
Institution:University of Granada (Spain)
Position:Professor
Cecilio Oyonarte
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Email: coyonart@ual.es
Institution:University of Almería (Spain)
Position:Professor
María Vallejos
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Email: vallejos@agro.uba.ar
Institution:University of Buenos Aires (Argentina)
Position:PhD Student
Camilo Bagnato
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Email: bagnato@agro.uba.ar
Institution:University of Buenos Aires (Argentina)
Position:PhD Student

Manuel Pacheco
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Email: manuel.pacheco@ual.es
Institution:University of Almería (Spain)
Position:PhD Student


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University of Granada
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University of Buenos Aires
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University of Almería
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The University of Maryland
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University of Virginia
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Idaho State University
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National University of San Luis
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German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv)
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Spanish Council for Scientific Research (CSIC)
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Andalusian Centre for the Assessment and Monitoring of Global Change (CAESCG)
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IISTA
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