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t. Researchers will work to forecast potential water-resource consequences in a cultural and biophysical context, placing emphasis on technology-induced environmental distancing--the loss of awareness of change in natural resources due to increasing reliance on modern technology.

Aligning Marine Management Institutions with Key Ecological and Economic Linkages in the Gulf of California, Mexico
Heather Leslie, Brown University

Scientists will explore the interplay among key ecological, economic and institutional processes related to small-scale fisheries in Mexico's Gulf of California, looking at how interactions among these processes influence both ecological and economic outcomes.

Co-Evolution of Upstream Human Behavior and Downstream Ecosystem Services in a Changing Climate
Jay Martin, Ohio State University

Researchers will use the Maumee River watershed and western Lake Erie to model how public attitudes co-evolve with downstream ecosystem conditions and shape support for policies that affect agricultural management practices and how farmers respond to these policies.

The Complexities of Ecological and Social Diversity: A Long-Term Perspective
Margaret Nelson, Arizona State University

Scientists will study configurations of diversity in ecological landscapes and in forms of social organization that influence system capacity to cope with significant environmental or social changes. They will focus on five archaeological cases from the Southwestern United States and Northern Mexico as long-term "experiments" to understand how social and ecological diversity affected these societies' abilities to thrive or to make dramatic transformations.

Institutional Dynamics of Adaptation to Climate Change: Longitudinal Analysis of Snowmelt-Dependent Agricultural Systems
Elinor Ostrom, Indiana University-Bloomington

Researchers will examine how climate change and changes in season

Contact: Cheryl Dybas
National Science Foundation

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