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Earth System Science for Global Sustainability: The 5 Grand Challenges Deliang Chen Executive Director of ICSU Visioning task team: Johan Rockström, Walter.

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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 Planetary Response to the drivers of the Anthropocene From: Steffen et al. 2004 ” the great acceleration of the human entreprise”, 1900 1950 2000 CO 2, N 2 O, CH 4 concentrations Overfishing Land degradation Loss Biodiversity ….. 2010-2020

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

4 Three Step Process Publication: Nov 2010 4

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

6 Challenge #5: Innovating 6 Geo-Engineering ?

7 To address the Grand Challenges: Need to meet a twofold challenge: 1.develop strategies to respond to ongoing global change while meeting development goals 2.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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