This focus area explores the implications of living in a time where humans are the main force for change on the planet
We have entered the Anthropocene, a new era where humans shape every aspect of the biosphere. This means humans now rival natural forces in shaping the functioning, processes, and dynamics of the Earth system.
The implications of living in the Anthropocene also means new evolutionary processes, new aspects of control, new levels of connectivities, and new types of risks. This will have broad implications for the understanding and navigation of global resilience and sustainability.
Trade, financialization, human migration, urbanization, technological development and communication are increasingly connecting people and life-support systems in ever more distant geographic locations.
The speed, magnitude and extent at which these interconnectivities play out is unprecedented and profoundly complex.
The implications of this human-driven transformation of Earth’s biosphere has bearings on global biodiversity, spread of species, ecosystem functioning, water cycles, and climate.
This theme explores how global biophysical and socioeconomic dynamics emerge, interact, and shape the relationships between humans and nature, and what the social and environmental consequences are.
To advance this young research field, we need to apply both existing methods and theories, as well as developing new ones.
This theme will be an incubator for novel research ideas and a meeting place for different disciplines and perspectives to understand and support the human capacity to navigate life in the Anthropocene.
Anthropocene dynamics news
Research news | 2021-11-04
The ten most important insights from climate science
New report launched at COP26 in Glasgow summarizes the most pressing research findings and emerging insights from climate science
Research news | 2021-10-20
Understanding the evolution of the Anthropocene
Peter Søgaard Jørgensen reflects on how evolution relates to the real life problems of today
Research news | 2021-06-04
A better understanding of how tipping points work
Why the polar ice sheets are of particular importance for the stability of the climate system as a whole
Research news | 2021-06-02
Why sustainable finance risks undermining its own efforts
Many ‘green’ investment strategies will not meaningfully contribute to sustainability because they are flawed, researchers warn
Research news | 2021-04-30
New Netflix documentary brings the planetary boundaries to the world
Film follows the scientific discovery of the nine planetary boundaries
Research news | 2021-04-15
What a “safe and just” future for people and planet means
Leading social and natural scientists present an approach to define a “safe and just corridor" while addressing the limits of our planet