The Anthropocene: Where on Earth are we going?

Will Steffen provides a historical development of the concept of the Anthropocene


The Anthropocene is one of the most fascinating topics in Earth System science and, at the same time, one of the most daunting challenges that humanity has faced in its existence. This brief talk will first give the historical development of the concept of the Anthropocene, and its development within the Earth System science community. Will Steffen will then touch on the formalisation process of the term within the geological community as the next possible interval in the Geological Time Scale. Finally, he will explore the possible future trajectories of the Anthropocene in the 21st century.

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Will Steffen's research interests span a broad range within the field of Earth System science, with an emphasis on global sustainability integrating Earth and world dynamics, planetary boundaries and the Anthropocene.


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