Earth System Analysis

Earth System Analysis : Integrating Science for Sustainability

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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.

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Product details

  • Hardback | 559 pages
  • 160 x 236 x 26mm | 898.11g
  • Springer-Verlag Berlin and Heidelberg GmbH & Co. KG
  • Springer-Verlag Berlin and Heidelberg GmbH & Co. K
  • Berlin, Germany
  • English
  • 92 figures, 16 tables
  • 3540580174
  • 9783540580171

Table of contents

Eart System Analysis; Natural Dimensions; Ecology and the Earth System; Climate Change and Land Use: Global and Regional Analyses; Sustainable Development in Agricultural Landscapes. Human Dimensions; Modeling Global Environmental Change; Internationally Tradeable Emission Certificates; New Models of Wealth; Urban Metabolism and Disaster Vulnerability in an Era. Integration for Sustainability; Multi-Actor Optimization of Greenhouse Gas Emission Paths; Global Change and Sustainable Development; From a Fictional Globe to PoeTic Ecosystems; Is Global Modeling Feasible?.

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