In this seminar we will discuss global change through the lens of a simplified model of global dynamics in which population, aspiration, connectivity and biogeochemical change are the key variables.

We will test whether the concepts of a planetary safe operating space can be extended from the biophysical to the social-ecological realm and investigate some social-ecological tipping points.

Finally we will discuss briefly the kind of scientific tools and approaches which need to be brought to bear on these problems, setting the discussion in the context of ICSU’s grand challenges for earth system science for the next decade. In particular, we will be asking whether new approaches from the science of complex systems will help us attain a true fusion of the social, economic and natural sciences.

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