Coping with the major challenges of the "Anthropocene" requires a better understanding of the complex dynamics of the Earth System.
Climate analysis must be developed further into a comprehensive Earth System analysis and scientifically orientated Earth System research must be extended to sustainable development pathways and solution approaches by socio-ecological research.
The Leibniz Network "Integrated Earth System Research" is facing these challanges, currently holding 14 Leibniz Associations from three sections.
Prof. Dr. Dieter Gerten
Potsdam-Institut für Klimafolgenforschung (PIK)