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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) .

  • Timeline: 2014 – 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

Copan papers in review and discussion

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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).

Bachelor, Master and PhD theses completed within the scope of COPAN

(most recent first)

  • Anja Klein, Master thesis in Anthropology, Humboldt University Berlin, 2018:
    Knowledge Practices in the Modelling of "Socio-Ecological Coevolutions":
    On Simplification, Experimentation, Visualization and Alignment (HU supervisors: Prof. Dr. Jörg Niewöhner, Prof. Dr. Tobias Krüger)
  • Vivian Zoé Grudde, Master thesis in Environmental Policy, Sciences Po, Paris School of International Affairs, 2018:
    Meet, Discuss… and Support Climate Policies! A proposal for a complex system model framework for polycentric climate governance (main copan supervisor: Dr. J Heitzig)
  • Till Kolster, Master thesis in Physics, Humboldt University Berlin, 2018:
    Development of an agent-based migration model including market interactions and statistical analysis thereof (main copan supervisors: Dr. J Heitzig, J Kolb).
  • Tim Kittel, PhD thesis in Physics, Humboldt University Berlin, 2018:
    Transient analysis of complex dynamical systems in the context of sustainability (main copan supervisor: Dr. J Heitzig).
    For copan publications see above.
  • Ann Kristin Klose, Bachelor thesis in Environmental Science, Carl-von-Ossietzky University of Oldenburg, 2018:
    Dynamics of interacting ecological tipping elements
    (main copan supervisor: Dr. JF Donges).
  • Yuki Asano, Bachelor thesis in Economics, FernUniversität Hagen, 2017:
    Social learning in an agent-based Ramsey-Cass-Koopmans model (main copan supervisors: J Kolb, Dr. J Heitzig).
  • Vera Heck, PhD thesis in Physical Geography, Humboldt University Berlin, 2017:
    Interference in the Earth system through terrestrial carbon dioxide removal: numerical simulations of trade-offs, risks and opportunities (main copan supervisor: Dr. JF Donges).
    copan paper published in Earth System Dynamics.
  • Fabian Geier, Master thesis in Physics, Ludwig-Maximilians-University of Munich, 2016:
    Evolution of opinion formation in complex single and double layer networks with local nonlinear resource dynamics (main copan supervisors: Dr. JF Donges, W Barfuss).
  • Rebekka Koch, Bachelor thesis in Physics, Humboldt University Berlin, 2016:
    Operationalization of topology of sustainable management to estimate qualitatively different regions in state space (main copan supervisors: T Kittel, Dr. J Heitzig).
    Preprint published in arXiv.
  • Jan Nitzbon, Master thesis in Physics, Georg-August-University of Göttingen, 2016:
    Bifurcation analysis and parameter estimation in low-dimensional models of global human-nature coevolution (main copan supervisor: Dr. J Heitzig).
    Published in Environmental Research Letters.
  • Erik Scharwächter, Master thesis in Computer Science, RWTH Aachen University, 2016: Mining frequent temporal subgraphs in dynamic networks (main copan supervisor: Dr. JF Donges).
    Published in ICDM 2016 proceedings.
  • Birte Ewers, Master thesis in Economics, Christian-Albrechts-University of Kiel, 2016: Fossil fuel divestment, carbon risk and climate change mitigation dynamics in an agent-based simulation (main copan supervisors: Dr. J Heitzig, Dr. JF Donges).
  • Boyan Beronov, Bachelor thesis in Physics, Ludwig-Maximilians-University of Munich, 2015: A cybernetic framework describing limited information-processing open systems (main copan supervisor: Dr. JF Donges).
  • Sabine Auer, Master thesis in Physics, Technical University Berlin, 2014:
    The dynamics of coalition formation on complex networks (main copan supervisor: Dr. J Heitzig).
    Published in Nature Scientific Reports.
  • Marc Wiedermann, Master thesis in Physics, Humboldt University Berlin, 2014:
    Opinion formation and imitation on complex networks driven by local nonlinear resource dynamics
    (main copan supervisor: Dr. JF Donges).
    Published in Physical Review E.

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