Big Data and Human-Environment Systems

TitleBig Data and Human-Environment Systems
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2023
AuthorsManson, SM
PublisherCambridge University Press
ISBN Number978-1-108-48628-6
KeywordsBusiness & Economics / Environmental Economics, Law / Environmental, Nature / Environmental Conservation & Protection, Science / Environmental Science, Technology & Engineering / Environmental / General

Transformation of the Earth's social and ecological systems is occurring at a rate and magnitude unparalleled in human experience. Data science is a revolutionary new way to understand human-environment relationships at the heart of pressing challenges like climate change and sustainable development. However, data science faces serious shortcomings when it comes to human-environment research. There are challenges with social and environmental data, the methods that manipulate and analyze the information, and the theory underlying the data science itself; as well as significant legal, ethical and policy concerns. This timely book offers a comprehensive, balanced, and accessible account of the promise and problems of this work in terms of data, methods, theory, and policy. It demonstrates the need for data scientists to work with human-environment scholars to tackle pressing real-world problems, making it ideal for researchers and graduate students in Earth and environmental science, data science and the environmental social sciences.