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Earth System Science—Past Experiences and Future Trends

  • Vikram UnnithanEmail author
  • Astrid Bracher
  • Klaus Grosfeld
  • Annette Ladstätter-Weißenmayer
  • Gerrit Lohmann
  • Helge Meggers
  • Justus Notholt
  • Dieter Wolf-Gladrow
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Part of the Springer Earth System Sciences book series (SPRINGEREARTH)

Abstract

Earth System Science has developed over the last two decades from an interesting concept in Earth sciences education to a fully integrative science focussed on understanding the complex system Earth. This evolution is partially due to the radical and far reaching anthropogenic changes and the general feeling of helplessness with regards to the possible consequences and future impacts on the Earth System. This paper proposes that a paradigm shift in undergraduate and graduate education is needed to further develop Earth System Science. Graduate programs such as the Earth System Science Research School (ESSReS), which are intrinsically trans- and interdisciplinary will help to change rigid subject specific mind-set among faculty and students. The health and sustainability of our planet is at stake.

Keywords

Earth System Earth System Science Habitable Planet Milankovitch Cycle Holistic Education 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Vikram Unnithan
    • 1
    Email author
  • Astrid Bracher
    • 2
    • 3
  • Klaus Grosfeld
    • 2
  • Annette Ladstätter-Weißenmayer
    • 3
  • Gerrit Lohmann
    • 2
  • Helge Meggers
    • 2
  • Justus Notholt
    • 3
  • Dieter Wolf-Gladrow
    • 2
  1. 1.Jacobs UniversityBremenGermany
  2. 2.Alfred Wegener Institute Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine ResearchBremerhavenGermany
  3. 3.Institute of Environmental PhysicsUniversity of BremenBremenGermany

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