SENSE Research Cluster VIII: Global environmental change: Complex Dynamics in Human-Environment Systems
As a basis for climate policies, it is necessary to know the mechanisms of global environmental change. We begin to understand the complexity of system earth in terms of interactions between its compartments and the relevance of feedback mechanisms. These interactions and feedbacks are not limited to the physical, chemical and biological components but also include the human dimension key to assess the role of humans in present- and future climate and global change. Furthermore, it relies on an improved understanding of the Earth system before the “anthropocene”. Participants in this cluster focus on past, present- and future climate and global change and impacts through analysis of observations and numerical experiments. In these efforts, system resilience and uncertainties deserve special attention.
Understanding system earth, with its multiple interactions, has a high scientific complexity. Analyzing global environmental change, its impacts and uncertainties, is of high societal relevance. Participants in this cluster strive for scientific excellence, combined with a clear communication to society.
Featuring subjects, mechanisms and methods that are being developed and applied in this SENSE Research Cluster are, for example:
Analysis of observations of global change in order to discover trends
Assessment the role of process interactions, feedbacks in the resilience of complex systems
Uncertainty assessments of impacts caused by global change.
We welcome experts in environmental change at a global level to participate in this research cluster to exchange knowledge and stimulate new innovative developments (if you are not a member of the SENSE Research School but involved with this subject, then you are still welcome to enroll and participate in this research cluster).
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