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This paper aims to explore the prominent implications of the process of observing complex dynamics linked to sustainability in human–natural systems and to propose a framework for sustainability evaluation by introducing the concept of sustainability boundaries. Arguing that both observing and evaluating sustainability should engage awareness of complex dynamics from the outset, we try to embody this idea in the framework by two complementary methods, namely, the layer view- and dimensional view-based methods, which support the understanding of a reflexive and iterative sustainability process. The framework enables the observation of complex dynamic sustainability contexts, which we call observation metastructures, and enable us to map the contexts to sustainability boundaries.

KeywordsSustainability evaluation Complex dynamics Sustainability contexts Sustainability boundaries Layer view-based method Dimensional view-based method Electronic supplementary materialThe online version of this article doi:10.1186-2193-1801-3-618 contains supplementary material, which is available to authorized users.

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Author: Niranji Satanarachchi - Takashi Mino

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