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Earth System Analysis

Integrating Science for Sustainability

  • Hans-Joachim Schellnhuber
  • Volker Wenzel

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XXIX
  2. Earth System Analysis — The Concept

  3. Natural Dimensions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 217-217
    2. Iain Colin Prentice
      Pages 219-240
    3. Gundolf H. Kohlmaier
      Pages 241-245
    4. Urs Luterbacher, Ellen Wiegandt
      Pages 246-250
    5. M. L. Parry, C. Rosenzweig, J. E. Hossell, P. Jones, T. Rehmam, R. B. Tranter et al.
      Pages 251-272
  4. Human Dimensions

About this book


As humanity approaches the 3rd millennium, the sustainability of our present way of life becomes more and more questionable. New paradigms for the long-term coevolution of nature and civilization are urgently needed in order to avoid intolerable and irreversible modifications of our planetary environment. Earth System Analysis is a new scientific enterprise that tries to perceive the earth as a whole, a unique system which is to be analyzed with methods ranging from nonlinear dynamics to macroeconomic modelling. This book, resulting from an international symposium organized by the Potsdam Institute, has 2 aims: first, to integrate contributions from leading researchers and scholars from around the world to provide a multifaceted perspective of what Earth System Analysis is all about, and second, to outline the scope of the scientific challenge and elaborate the general formalism for a well-defined transdisciplinary discourse on this most fascinating issue.


Climate Change Greenhouse gas Treibhausgas ecology ecosystem environmental protection global change globale Modelle globale modeling globaler Wandel nachhaltige Entwicklung sustainability sustainable development Ökologie

Editors and affiliations

  • Hans-Joachim Schellnhuber
    • 1
  • Volker Wenzel
    • 1
  1. 1.Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK)PotsdamGermany

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