copan – Activities, Events and Teaching


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Current highlights

Special Issue in Earth System Dynamics

We have organized a Special Issue entitled “Social dynamics and planetary boundaries in Earth system modelling” in the increasingly highly reputed, ISI-listed journal Earth System Dynamics (ESD), published by the European Geosciences Union . The aim was to collect a number of forward-looking papers that consider including social dynamics taking place within the Earth system in future models, with a particular attention to planetary boundaries (e.g., defining and quantifying such planetary boundaries, consequences and preconditions for staying within or transgressing these).

  • Fast track challenge: Championed by Tim Garrett with his paper titled Long-run evolution of the global economy Part II: Hindcasts of innovation and growth (Earth Syst. Dynam. 6, 673-688, doi:10.5194/esd-6-673-2015, 2015). The reward: As the lead author of the first paper to be submitted to this Special Issue before the deadline (1 March 2015), Tim Garrett received an original palaeolithic hand axe (selected by Wolfgang Lucht) that is at least 200,000 years old. This artefact is from a large old collection and not of specific value to archaeologists.
  • Timeline: 2014 – 2018
  • Guest editors: W. Lucht, J. Donges, A. Kleidon, S. Cornell, J. Dyke, M. Sivapalan, and J. J. Finnigan

LOOPS-4 2019 Workshop

10 13 March 2019, Bad Belzig, Germany

Topic: Earth resilience in the Anthropocene: Integrating nonlinear biophysical and social determinants of Earth system stability for global sustainability

This activity has received funding from the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme.