Earth System Science

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AUTHOR
Tim Lenton
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5,12 MB
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Earth System Science.pdf
ISBN
4943652850615

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When humanity first glimpsed planet Earth from space, the unity of the system that supports humankind entered the popular consciousness. The concept of the Earth's atmosphere, biosphere, oceans, soil, and rocks operating as a closely interacting system has rapidly gained ground in science. This new field, involving geographers, geologists, biologists, oceanographers, and atmospheric physicists, is known as Earth System Science. In this Very Short Introduction, Tim Lenton considers how a world in which humans could evolve was created; how, as a species, we are now reshaping that world; and what a sustainable future for humanity within the Earth System might look like. Drawing on elements of geology, biology, chemistry, physics, and mathematics, Lenton asks whether Earth System Science can help guide us onto a sustainable course before we alter the Earth system to the point where we destroy ourselves and our current civilisation. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

ESS is expected to have a dominant role among scientific branches involved in guiding humans ... Earth System Science. GFDL develops comprehensive Earth System Models of global land, ocean, atmosphere, sea ice, chemical, biogeochemical and ecological interactions including climate, biospheric processes and human interactions.

Katharine (Kate) Maher. Professor of Earth System Science and Senior Fellow at the Woods Institute for the Environment .

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