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Global Change and the Earth System

A Planet Under Pressure

  • Results based on 10 years of global change research by many of the world’s most eminent scholars

  • Achieves a new level of integration and interdisciplinarity in treating global change

  • Includes supplementary material: sn.pub/extras

Part of the book series: Global Change - The IGBP Series (GLOBALCHANGE)

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About this book

The interactions between environmental change and human societies have a long, complex history spanning many millennia, but these have changed fundamentally in the last century. Human activities are now so pervasive and profound that they are altering the Earth in ways which threaten the very life support system upon which humans depend. This book describes what is known about the Earth System and the impact of changes caused by humans. It considers the consequences of these changes with respect to the stability of the Earth System and the well-being of humankind; as well as exploring future paths towards Earth System science in support of global sustainability.

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"Outstanding Title! … This book is a must read for anyone interested in issues related to human-induced environmental change. Following an extensive introduction to the Earth's systems before human influence, contributors detail key drivers of change, the Earth's systems responses to change, consequences of changes for human well-being, and sustainability issues. This work began as a synthesis of a decade of research undertaken by the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme, but grew to include many other key world environmental programs. A beautifully illustrated book, it is bound to become a classic for global change. Written by an all-star cast, it includes contributions from many key scientists in this arena. Summing Up: Highly recommended. All levels. (D. F. Karnosky, Choice, November 2004)

"Presents the results of research by the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme (IGBP) on Global systems and change of those systems. … Addresses the problem of discerning human impact from natural variability and presents research on how global systems have responded to human impacts. … A deeply complex issue, does well in explaining layers and relations. Ambitious and much needed. Very technical, well researched. Over 200 useful figures and illustrations … . Recommended for advanced students and professionals involved in systems modeling." (The Northeastern Naturalist, 2007)

Authors and Affiliations

  • Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, Stockholm

    Will Steffen, Angelina Sanderson

  • Climatology Research Group, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa

    Peter Tyson

  • Initiative on Science and Technology for Sustainability, USA

    Jill Jäger

  • School of Earth Sciences, Stanford University, USA

    Pamela Matson

  • Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans and Space (EOS), University of New Hampshire, Durham, USA

    Berrien Moore

  • Department of Geography, University of Liverpool, UK

    Frank Oldfield

  • Department of Marine Ecology, Århus University, Denmark

    Katherine Richardson

  • Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research, University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK

    H. John Schellnhuber

  • Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, Germany

    H. John Schellnhuber

  • Graduate School of Geography & George Perkins Marsh Institute, Clark University, USA

    B. L. Turner

  • Centre for Resource and Environmental Studies, The Australian National University, Canberra

    Robert J. Wasson

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