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Earth System Science Frontiers - an ECS perspective

Rauser, Florian and Alqadi, Mohammed and Arowolo, Steve and Baker, Noël and Behrens, Erik and Bedard, Joel and Dogulu, Nilay and Domingues, Lucas G. and Frassoni, Ariane and Keller, Julia and Kirkpatrick, Sarah and Langendijk, Gaby and Mohammad, Salauddin and Mirsafa, Masoumeh and Naumann, Ann K. and Osman, Marisol and Reed, Kevin and Greilinger, Marion and Schemann, Vera and Singh, Awnesh M. and Sonntag, Sebastian and Tummon, Fiona and Nnamdi, Dike V. and Villafuerte, Marcelino Q. and Walawender, Jakub P. and Zaroug, Modathir (2017) Earth System Science Frontiers - an ECS perspective. Bulletin of the American Meterological Society, TBC . TBC. ISSN 0003-0007

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e, the Young Earth System Scientist community, describe our long-term vision for the frontiers of Earth system science on the way to a holistic understanding of the Earth system. The exigencies of the global community towards Earth system science will increase in the future as population, economies and the human footprint on the planet continue to grow. This growth, combined with intensifying urbanisation, will inevitably exert increasing pressure on all ecosystem services. A unified interdisciplinary approach to Earth system science is required that can address this challenge, integrates technical demands and long-term visions, and reconciles user demands with scientific feasibility. Together with the research arms of the World Meteorological Organisation, the Young Earth System Scientists community has gathered early-career scientists from around the world to initiate a discussion about frontiers of Earth system science. To provide optimal information for society, Earth system science has to provide a comprehensive understanding of the physical processes that drive the Earth system as well as anthropogenic influences. This understanding will be reflected in seamless prediction systems for environmental processes that are robust and instructive to local users on all scales. Such prediction systems require improved physical process understanding, more high-resolution global observations, advanced modelling capability, as well as high performance computing on unprecedented scales. At the same time, the robustness and usability of such prediction systems also depend on deepening our understanding of the entire Earth system as well as improved communication between end-users and researchers. Earth system science is the fundamental baseline for understanding the Earth’s capacity to accommodate humanity, and provides a means to have a rational discussion about the consequences and limits of anthropogenic influence on the planet we live on. Without its progress, truly sustainable development will be impossible.

Item Type: Journal Article
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
Q Science > Q Science (General)
Divisions: Pacific Centre for Environment and Sustainable Development (PACE-SD)
Depositing User: Fulori Nainoca - Waqairagata
Date Deposited: 24 Apr 2017 03:02
Last Modified: 08 May 2018 23:12

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