CitationWalsh, Stephen J.; Riveros-Iregui, Diego; Arce-Nazario, Javier; & Page, Philip H. (2020). Land Cover and Land Use Change on Islands: Social & Ecological Threats to Sustainability. In Walsh, Stephen J. & Mena, Carlos F. (Eds.), Social and Ecological Interactions in the Galapagos Islands. Cham, Switzerland: Springer Nature.
AbstractGlobalization is not a new phenomenon, but it is posing new challenges to humans and natural ecosystems in the 21st century. From climate change to increasingly mobile human populations to the global economy, the relationship between humans and their environment is being modified in ways that will have long-term impacts on ecological health, biodiversity, ecosystem goods and services, population vulnerability, and sustainability. These changes and challenges are perhaps nowhere more evident than in island ecosystems. Buffeted by rising ocean temperatures, extreme weather events, sea-level rise, climate change, tourism, population migration, invasive species, and resource limitations, islands represent both the greatest vulnerability to globalization and also the greatest scientific opportunity to study the significance of global changes on ecosystem processes, human-environment interactions, conservation, environmental policy, and island sustainability.
Reference TypeEdited Book
Book TitleSocial and Ecological Interactions in the Galapagos Islands
Author(s)Walsh, Stephen J.
Page, Philip H.