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Sustainability Science

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Over the past decade, our group has contributed to the elaboration of the new interdisciplinary field of sustainability science.  Our work on knowledge systems for sustainable development, on vulnerability of human-environment systems, and on other aspects of the management of human-environment systems has contributed to the emergence of this field.  We have also helped launch several publication venues (e.g., Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Sustainability Science section; Annual Review of Environment and Resources; Frontiers in Ecology and Environment) to encourage the growth of this field.


Matson, P.A., W.C. Clark, and K. Andersson.  2016.  Pursuing Sustainability: A Guide to the Science and Practice.  Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton University Press.  248 pp.

Matson, P.A. 2009. "The Sustainability Transition." Issues in Science and Technology XXV(4): 39-42.

Daily, G.C., and P.A. Matson. 2008. "Ecosystem services: From theory to implementation." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 105(28): 9455-9456.

Matson, P.A., and P.M. Vitousek. 2006. "Agricultural intensification: Will land spared from farming be land spared for nature?" Conservation Biology 20(3): 709-710.