New paper: Modelling the Anthropocene

An international group of authors lead by Peter Verburg (Faculty of Earth and Life Sciences) has published a paper that outlines how our methods to simulate future environmental change can account for the dominant role of human activity in shaping the Earth.

10/06/2015 | 1:12 PM

The dominant role of human activity on the Earth surface has, for many, been reason to call our era ‘the Anthropocene’. The dominance of human activities on the global environment, and ultimately on our own well-being, puts new requirements on the ways of doing research. Traditional approaches to analyze and represent environmental systems in simulation models to explore future changes in our environment no longer suffice. 

As part of the synthesis of the International Geosphere-Biosphere Project an international group of authors, led by Prof Peter Verburg of the Faculty of Earth and Life Sciences, made an effort to identify the challenges to integrated modelling. Novel ways of incorporating human decision making, cross-scale dynamics and trans-disciplinary approaches are suggested and reported in a new paper: Verburg PH, Dearing J, Dyke J, Leeuw Svd, Seitzinger S, Steffen W, Syvitski J. 2015. Methods and Approaches to Modelling the Anthropocene. Global Environmental Change.