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Earth System Science for Global Sustainability: The 5 Grand Challenges

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1 Earth System Science for Global Sustainability: The 5 Grand Challenges
Deliang Chen Executive Director of ICSU Visioning task team: Johan Rockström, Walter Reid, Elinor Oström Kari Raivio, Anne Whyte, Hans Joachim Schellnhuber, Heide Hackmann

2 ”the great acceleration of the human entreprise”,
CO2, N2O, CH4 concentrations Overfishing Land degradation Loss Biodiversity ….. The Planetary Response to the drivers of the Anthropocene From: Steffen et al. 2004

3 Three Step Process Review Draft Dec 2009 to Mar 2010 46 Institutions 202 Individuals

4 Three Step Process Publication: Nov 2010

5 Grand Challenges ICSU (2010). Earth System Science for Global Sustainability: The Grand Challenges. International Council for Science, Paris.

6 Challenge #5: Innovating
Geo-Engineering ? 6

7 To address the Grand Challenges:
Need to meet a twofold challenge: develop strategies to respond to ongoing global change while meeting development goals deepen knowledge of the functioning of the Earth system and its critical thresholds Engaging decision-makers and stakeholders Attracting young scientists Balanced mix of disciplinary and interdisciplinary research


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