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Sustainability Science

A Multidisciplinary Approach

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Sustainability science is an academic discipline that emerged in response to threats to the sustainability of the global environment. Its purpose is to help build a sustainable society by developing solutions to climate change, the exhaustion of resources, ecological destruction and other environmental crises that threaten the future of humanity. Sustainability science seeks comprehensive, integrated solutions to complex problems and a restructuring of education and research that spans multiple disciplines. It demands the development of policies that protect the natural and cultural diversity of different regions and promotes the physical and economic health of their inhabitants. This volume offers approaches to the development of a transdisciplinary perspective that embraces natural, social and human sciences in the quest for a sustainable society. It also strives for a global perspective while incorporating the wisdom and experience of local societies.

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The structuring of knowledge based on ontology engineering

As one of the ultimate goals of research in any domain, knowledgestructuring has been carried out to date through the writing of papers and books as part of ordinary academic research activities. In this respect, what scholars are aiming at in the knowledge-structuring of sustainability science (hereafter referred to as SS) might seem to be nothing special. Nevertheless, SS researchers are particularly dedicated to the structuring of knowledge. There are two reasons for this

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