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Transdisciplinary synthesis for ecosystem science, policy and management: The Australian experience

Overview of attention for article published in Science of the Total Environment, November 2015
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Title
Transdisciplinary synthesis for ecosystem science, policy and management: The Australian experience
Published in
Science of the Total Environment, November 2015
DOI 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2015.04.100
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Authors

A.J.J. Lynch, R. Thackway, A. Specht, P.J. Beggs, S. Brisbane, E.L. Burns, M. Byrne, S.J. Capon, M.T. Casanova, P.A. Clarke, J.M. Davies, S. Dovers, R.G. Dwyer, E. Ens, D.O. Fisher, M. Flanigan, E. Garnier, S.M. Guru, K. Kilminster, J. Locke, R. Mac Nally, K.M. McMahon, P.J. Mitchell, J.C. Pierson, E.M. Rodgers, J. Russell-Smith, J. Udy, M. Waycott

Abstract

Mitigating the environmental effects of global population growth, climatic change and increasing socio-ecological complexity is a daunting challenge. To tackle this requires synthesis: the integration of disparate information to generate novel insights from heterogeneous, complex situations where there are diverse perspectives. Since 1995, a structured approach to inter-, multi- and trans-disciplinary(1) collaboration around big science questions has been supported through synthesis centres around the world. These centres are finding an expanding role due to ever-accumulating data and the need for more and better opportunities to develop transdisciplinary and holistic approaches to solve real-world problems. The Australian Centre for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (ACEAS <http://www.aceas.org.au>) has been the pioneering ecosystem science synthesis centre in the Southern Hemisphere. Such centres provide analysis and synthesis opportunities for time-pressed scientists, policy-makers and managers. They provide the scientific and organisational environs for virtual and face-to-face engagement, impetus for integration, data and methodological support, and innovative ways to deliver synthesis products. We detail the contribution, role and value of synthesis using ACEAS to exemplify the capacity for synthesis centres to facilitate trans-organisational, transdisciplinary synthesis. We compare ACEAS to other international synthesis centres, and describe how it facilitated project teams and its objective of linking natural resource science to policy to management. Scientists and managers were brought together to actively collaborate in multi-institutional, cross-sectoral and transdisciplinary research on contemporary ecological problems. The teams analysed, integrated and synthesised existing data to co-develop solution-oriented publications and management recommendations that might otherwise not have been produced. We identify key outcomes of some ACEAS working groups which used synthesis to tackle important ecosystem challenges. We also examine the barriers and enablers to synthesis, so that risks can be minimised and successful outcomes maximised. We argue that synthesis centres have a crucial role in developing, communicating and using synthetic transdisciplinary research.

Mendeley readers

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Brazil 2 1%
Canada 2 1%
United Kingdom 2 1%
Australia 2 1%
Switzerland 1 <1%
Chile 1 <1%
Malaysia 1 <1%
Argentina 1 <1%
Spain 1 <1%
Other 1 <1%
Unknown 178 93%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Researcher 46 24%
Student > Master 30 16%
Student > Ph. D. Student 29 15%
Student > Bachelor 14 7%
Professor 13 7%
Other 40 21%
Unknown 20 10%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Environmental Science 44 23%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 27 14%
Social Sciences 24 13%
Business, Management and Accounting 17 9%
Computer Science 10 5%
Other 43 22%
Unknown 27 14%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 9. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 11 February 2020.
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#2,785,570
of 17,358,590 outputs
Outputs from Science of the Total Environment
#2,819
of 17,032 outputs
Outputs of similar age
#60,139
of 351,572 outputs
Outputs of similar age from Science of the Total Environment
#39
of 326 outputs
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