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Earth System Analysis for Sustainability : Dahlem Workshop Reports - Hans-Joachim Schellnhuber

Earth System Analysis for Sustainability

Dahlem Workshop Reports

By: Hans-Joachim Schellnhuber (Editor), P.J. Crutzen (Editor), William C. Clark (Editor), Martin Claussen (Editor), Hermann Held (Editor)

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"Earth System Analysis for Sustainability" uses an integrated systems approach to provide a panoramic view of planetary dynamics since the inception of life some four billion years ago and to identify principles for responsible management of the global environment in the future. Perceiving our planet as a single entity with hypercomplex, often unpredictable behavior, the authors use Earth system analysis to study global changes past and future. They explore the question of whether the unprecedented human-originated changes transforming the ecosphere today will end a 10,000-year period of climate stability. The book presents the complete story of the inseparably intertwined evolution of life and matter on Earth, focusing on four major topics: long-term geosphere-biosphere interaction and the possibility of using extrasolar planets to test various geophysical hypotheses; the Quaternary Earth System's modes of operation; current planetary dynamics under human pressure; and transition to global sustainability. Written by leading figures in the disciplines of geology, climatology, evolution, biogeochemistry, macroeconomics, and institutions theory, "Earth System Analysis for Sustainability" analyzes the driving forces behind global change and uses this knowledge to propose principles to propose principles for global stewardship.

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"This is an excellent synthesis of the elements that make up the emerging field of Earth system science. Leading global change scientists have pushed the boundaries of conventional science programs, producing a highly readable, challenging, and in part provocative book about Earth in the Anthropocene. It ranges across time, space, and disciplines, from Earth's deep history to astrobiology. If we are to achieve sustainability at a global scale, many people -- in science and policy -- need to read and understand this book."--Brian Walker, CSIRO Sustainable Ecosystems, Australia, and Program Director of The Resilience Alliance "Finally, we've turned the corner and begun the process of building the intellectual foundation for our long-term survival on this planet. *Earth System Analysis for Sustainability* is the best resource to date on the problem and the path forward. It represents a new approach that all of us should pay close attention to."--Michael Crow, President, Arizona State UniversityPlease note: May have arrived too late to appear on book jacket.

Dahlem Workshopsp. vii
List of Participantsp. xi
Science for Global Sustainability: Toward a New Paradigmp. 1
What Does History Teach Us about the Major Transitions and Role of Disturbances in the Evolution of Life and of the Earth System?p. 29
Is Life an Unavoidable Planetary Phenomenon Given the Right Conditions?p. 53
What Are the Necessary Conditions for Origin of Life and Subsequent Planetary Life-support Systems?p. 73
Destiny of Humankind from an Astrobiology Point of View: Does Astrobiology Provide an Exit Option for Terrestrial Mismanagement?p. 91
Group Report: Long-term Geosphere-Biosphere Coevolution and Astrobiologyp. 111
What Do We Know about Potential Modes of Operation of the Quaternary Earth System?p. 141
Modes of Oceanic and Atmospheric Circulation during the Quaternaryp. 157
What Is the Quaternary Phase-space Topology According to Cryosphere Dynamics?p. 171
Group Report: Possible States and Modes of Operation of the Quaternary Earth Systemp. 189
Human Footprints in the Ecological Landscapep. 211
How Humankind Came to Rival Nature: A Brief History of the Human-Environment Condition and the Lessons Learnedp. 227
Anthropogenic Modification of Land, Coastal, and Atmospheric Systems as Threats to the Functioning of the Earth Systemp. 245
Atmospheric Chemistry and Climate in the Anthropocene: Where Are We Heading?p. 265
Assessing and Simulating the Altered Functioning of the Earth System in the Anthropocenep. 293
Group Report: Earth System Dynamics in the Anthropocenep. 313
The Mental Component of the Earth Systemp. 341
What Kind of System of Science (and Technology) Is Needed to Support the Quest for Sustainable Development?p. 367
Institutions, Science, and Technology in the Transition to Sustainabilityp. 387
Group Report: Sustainabilityp. 409
Name Indexp. 435
Subject Indexp. 443
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ISBN: 9780262195133
ISBN-10: 0262195135
Series: Dahlem Workshop Reports
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 352
Published: 22nd October 2004
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 3.4
Weight (kg): 0.77