EOS Participation in “Hazards, Tipping Points, Adaptation and Collapse in the Indo-Pacific World” A Project Integrating History and Science

The project, funded by the Australian Research Council (ARC), aims to provide a new understanding of Indo-­Pacific history post-­1000 C.E. based on an enhanced understanding of the inter-­relationship between natural environmental cycles and events, and social and political cycles and events. By employing specialists and methodologies in both the social and natural sciences, the project identifies tipping points or thresholds beyond which both social and natural systems change irrevocably. The outcome of this project will likely highlight the importance of natural hazards as potential catalysts of historical change from whose experiences current societies might learn to better understand disaster risk reduction in the context of anticipated climate variability.