Climate Change Research ›› 2020, Vol. 16 ›› Issue (5): 579-590.doi: 10.12006/j.issn.1673-1719.2020.015

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Research and practice on socio-ecological systems resilience over cryosphere affected areas: progress and prospects

SU Bo(), XIAO Cun-De()   

  1. State Key Laboratory of Earth Surface Processes and Resource Ecology, Beijing Normal University, Beijing 100875, China
  • Received:2020-01-16 Revised:2020-04-28 Online:2020-09-30 Published:2020-09-30
  • Contact: XIAO Cun-De;


As the Earth system enters the Anthropocene, the cryosphere is rapidly undergoing shrinkages, exerting the impacts on regional ecological security and socio-economic development. Resilience thinking aims to reduce vulnerability, maintain and foster the persistence, adaptability, and transformability of complex adaptive social-ecological systems. By facilitating the research and practice on the socio-ecological system resilience in the cryosphere affected areas, it is of far-reaching significance to address the impact of climate change related cryosphere changes and achieve regional sustainable development. This paper identifies the impact of changes in the cryosphere process and function on relevant socio-ecological systems in the context of climate change, summarizes the main research and practice on resilience over cryosphere affected area, including high mountain and surrounding areas, polar regions, and coastal regions, and further discusses the resilient pathways over the cryosphere affected area. In general, the resilience building over cryosphere affected area needs to combine mitigation, adaptation and transformation, and establish series of robust systems including monitoring, assessing, early warning and decision-making so as to navigate the system toward more resilient and sustainable pathway.

Key words: Cryosphere, Resilience, Social-ecological systems, Climate change, Sustainability

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