Earth System Analysis: Integrating Science for Sustainability

Earth System Analysis: Integrating Science for Sustainability


Edited by Hans-Joachim Schellnhuber, Edited by Volker Wenzel

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  • Publisher: Springer-Verlag Berlin and Heidelberg GmbH & Co. K
  • Format: Hardback | 559 pages
  • Dimensions: 160mm x 236mm x 26mm | 898g
  • Publication date: 16 October 1998
  • Publication City/Country: Berlin
  • ISBN 10: 3540580174
  • ISBN 13: 9783540580171
  • Illustrations note: 92 figures, 16 tables

Product description

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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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?.