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Special Issue in Earth System Dynamics

ESD coverWe 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 (EGU) through Copernicus. The aim is 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).

  • Timeline: 01 May 2014 – 31 Dec 2017
  • Fast track challenge: Finished and 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.
  • Guest Editors: W. Lucht, J. F. Donges, A. Kleidon, S. Cornell, J. Dyke, M. Sivapalan, and J. J. Finnigan

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Other copan publications

  • Denizen, S, and Donges, JF,
    Somewhere. Somehow. A co-evolution story,
    Anthropocene Curriculum 2014 course website, contribution of the Technosphere - Coevolution working group, Haus der Kulturen der Welt and Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin, Germany.
    Republished in Technosphere Magazine, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, 2017 (with illustrations).
    Teaser: If dialectical distinctions between humans and bacteria were dissolved into an undifferentiated anthropocenic nexus, what new questions would emerge?

Relevant pre-copan publications

  • Lucht, W (2011),
    Global change and the need for new cosmologies. In: Bergmann S, Gerten D (Eds.), Religion in Environmental and Climate Change, Continuum International Publishing Group, London, ISBN: 9781441169297, pp. 16-31.
  • Lucht, W (2009),
    Air, a Planetary Hybrid. In: Elements - Continents, Approaches to Determinants of Environmental History and their Reifications, Hermann B, Dahlke C (Eds.), Nova Acta Leopoldina 98/360, Nationale Akademie der Wissenschaften, Halle (Saale), 304 pp., 45-62.
  • Lucht, W, Pachauri, RK (2004),
    The mental component of the Earth system. In: Schellnhuber H-J, Crutzen PJ, Clark WC, Claussen M, Held H (Eds.), Earth System Analysis for Sustainability, The MIT Press, Cambridge, MA, 454 pp., 341-365. (review of this book and paper by Tyler Volk in BioScience here)

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