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Leopoldina member Paul J. Crutzen introduced the term "Anthropocene” in the year 2000. This linguistic innovation expresses the indisputable fact that humankind has been a determining force on our planet since the middle of the 20th century. In terms of force and effect, we are in no way inferior to geological forces and are changing the system Earth permanently.

In the German science system, the geosciences in particular have traditionally been concerned with the Earth system. This discipline has changed dramatically in the past 20 years. Atmospheric research, geophysics, geology, biogeochemistry, geodesy, meteorology, microbiology, mineralo-gy, ecosystems research, remote sensing, paleoclimatology and space exploration are all part of the geosciences or at least facets of Earth system research. Earth science has thus become a high-ly diverse discipline that interfaces with many other departments and is correspondingly frag-mented.

The goal of the Earth system research working group is to designate and analyze the systemic potentials and specific problems of transdisciplinary scientific development within the field of the Earth system and to formulate proposals for improvements on current research and educational structures.

Spokespeople

  • Prof. Dr. Gerald Haug ML, Max-Planck-Institut für Chemie, Mainz
  • Prof. Dr. Onno Oncken ML, Helmholtz-Zentrum Potsdam, DeutschesGeoForschungsZentrum GFZ
  • Prof. Dr. Hans Joachim Schellnhuber ML, Potsdam-Institut für Klimafolgenforschung PIK

Members of the Working Group

  • Prof. Dr. Jörg Bendix ML, Universität Marburg
  • Prof. Dr. Antje Boetius ML, Alfred-Wegener-Institut für Polar- und Meeresforschung, Bremerhaven
  • Prof. Dr. Martin Claußen ML, Max-Planck-Institut für Meteorologie, Hamburg
  • Prof. Dr. Wilfried Endlicher ML, Humboldt-Universität Berlin
  • Prof. Dr. Heiner Igel ML, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
  • Prof. Dr. Ulrike Lohmann ML, ETH Zürich
  • Prof. Dr. Joachim Reitner, Universität Göttingen
  • Prof. Dr. Peter Schlosser ML, Arizona State University, Tempe
  • Prof. Dr. Friedhelm v. Blanckenburg ML, Helmholtz-Zentrum Potsdam, Deutsches GeoForschungsZentrum GFZ
  • Prof. Dr. Gerhard Wörner, Universität Göttingen

ML = Member of the Leopoldina

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