Case Studies of Social-Ecological Systems

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Food exchange networks in ancient agrarian societies, Eastern Mediterranean

Case
This is a diachronic case study emphasizing general properties of agricultural production and exchange over 10,000 years of agricultural production in the Eastern Mediterranean. Emphasis is placed on changing relationships between farmers and the individuals and institutions responsible for maintaining food-exchange networks and ensuring equitable distribution of food in times of subsistence crisis.
09 Aug 2016

Flooding in Cumbria, England

Case
Flooding in Cumbria - keswick etc
09 Aug 2016

Fishing Networks Along Lake Titicaca in Peru and Bolivia

Case
The fishery of Lake Titicaca is located off the shores of Lake Titicaca which encompasses Peru and Bolivia. The original case spans a time period from approximately the mid 1960s to the mid 1990s and catalogues an action situation involving an unknown number of fishermen organized in an unknown number of households in various villages in Peru and Bolivia.  Native and introduced fish are the fugitive resource units. The original case study authors focused on overfishing and institutional...
09 Aug 2016

Fishery Robustness Diagram

Case
This case is to illustrate the functionality of the dynamic robustness diagram.  Right now, the descriptions are very limited.  They will become much more detailed as the research continues. 
09 Aug 2016

Fermeuse Cod and Salmon Fishery, Newfoundland, Canada

Case
Fermeuse is an inshore fishing community that is located on the southern shore of Newfoundland's Avalon Peninsula, the island's eastern-most coastline. The original study, which was carried out in 1972, catalogues an action situation involving approcimately 56 fishermen and 24 fishing units or boats and crew; the resource units are cod and salmon. Allocation of fishing spots depends on the season. The commonly used allocation processes are "first-in-time, first-in-right", lottery, and division...
09 Aug 2016

Felderin Irrigation System

Case
This case was part of the original CPR database developed in the 1980s by Edella Schlager and Shui Yan Tang at Indiana University and may be found under the CPR tab under Institutional Analysis.The resource appropriated from Felderin Irrigation is water for irrigation. The Felderin is one of the three irrigation networks in Torbel, a village in the Swiss Alps. The Felderin is regulated without central authority or official mechanisms for adjudication. Upkeep is provided by a half dozen men...
09 Aug 2016

Farquhar Beach, Clarendon, Jamaica

Case
Farquhar beach is located in Clarendon, Jamaica. The resource appropriated from Farquhar Beach is demersal fish. Fishers use the “first in time, first in right” strategy for determining who has access to choice fishing spots within the grounds. All land and the beach area where fishing takes place is owned by a single owner and fishermen pay a fee for using the beach. The single landowner determines access to the resource by deciding who can live and fish at Farquhar Beach. This case was part...
09 Aug 2016

Electromagnetic Spectrum Allocation: Wireless Networks

Case
Wireless network is a network set up by using radio signal frequency to communicate among computers and other network devices, due to its easy setup feature and no cabling involved, it have become an important tool in the construction of modern society. New emerging technologies allow users to perform more and more complex tasks, driving an increasing mean bandwidth consumption per user. However, a wireless network has limited capacity to provide information transactions, that is, finite...
09 Aug 2016

El Mujarilin irrigation system

Case
The El Mujarilin Irrigation System is located in Daghara nahiya, Diwaniya Province, Iraq. The resource appropriated related to the social dilemma is water for irrigation diverted through canals but mainly from one off-take of the Hurriyya canal, which has been named El Khurays. The original case was reported in 1970 but field was done between 1956 and 1958, and catalogues an action situation involving 85 resource users. At the beginning of the study, there was a moderate shortage of biological...
09 Aug 2016

Efficacy of consultation procedure as conflict management tool in northern Sweden

Case
This forest resource is located in northern Sweden and is used by two different user groups. The case study involves a snapshot in time and catalogues an action situation involving the native Sámi and their reindeer herding communities, and private logging compaines. The Swedish parliament mandated that consultation meetings be held between a logging company and the effected Sámi group before forest logging commence, in an attempt to mitigate conflict. The institutional analysis document...
09 Aug 2016

Ebibara Shrimp Fishing Ground

Case
The original case substituted all real names with pseudonyms. The fishing community of Ebibara is a crowded section in the city of Utsumi-shi. The original study, which was published in 1968, catalogues approximately 300 fishermen in the community; the resource unit is shrimp. All fishermen belong to the local fishing co-op, which has proprietor rights to nearby fishing grounds explicitly granted by the Japanese government. The government also regulates types of fishing gear. Illegal...
09 Aug 2016

Dynamics of coupled population in an open, three-trophic-level system

Case
The investigated stream system, which consists of three-coupled populations (benthic algae, grazers, and predators), is modeled as a fixed region of space(e.g., stream reach) and over a limited period of time.  The time scale allows for growth of primary producers (algae), but not for reproduction of grazers and predators.  The system is open, allowing immigrations and emmigrations.  Immigration at all trophic levels is assumed to be governed by external factors and to be...
09 Oct 2016

Dovan Swar Ko Kulo (Dobhan Swar Kulo), Thamalangtar Dhap Village Panchayat, Sindhupalchok District, Nepal

Case
This case is part of the original Nepal Irrigation Institutions and Systems (NIIS) database developed in the 1980's by a team of researchers under the direction of Dr. Elinor Ostrom at Indiana University. In addition, this case is also part of a longitudinal study that has repeatedly investigated 19 farmer-managed irrigation systems (FMIS) in the Indrawati River Basin that participated in an innovative intervention designed to improve irrigation performance not only by improving physical...
09 Aug 2016

Does the U.S. Farm Bill Help Farmers' Markets Feed the Poor?

Case
Food justice advocates increasingly turn to farmers' markets to alleviate poor nutrition among underserved communities in the United States. In addition, farmers markets serve to create new farms and food businesses, create activity in downtowns and neighborhoods, and offer a local and distributed alternative to an increasingly concentrated and vulnerable food and grocery distribution system. The U.S. Department of Agriculture 2008 Farm Bill recognizes the importance of farmers' markets for the...
09 Aug 2016

Diaz Ordaz Small-Scale Irrigation System

Case
The town of Diaz Ordaz is located in the Tlacolula wing in the Oaxaca Valley, Mexico, and the resource appropiated is water for irrigation. The irrigation system is divided into numerous subunits called tramos, which localize labor mobilization for infrastruture provision. The system alternates between riparian and prior appropriation rights for water according to the discretion of an elected official. The source author hypothesizes that water scarcity during the moisture-sensitive period of...
09 Aug 2016