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"A Sustainability Geoscope: Defining an Integrated Information Base for Interdisciplinary Modelling of Global Change"
by Lotze-Campen, Hermann, Wolfgang Lucht and Carlo C. Jaeger

The 21st century will be characterized by global change at an unprecedented scale. Human activity on the planet has reached a dimension which alters the earth system as a whole, mainly as a combination of population growth, resource use, waste disposal, and technological advances. In order to meet the challenges of global change, human society has to develop a more comprehensive global information base to guide informed economic, social and environmental action in a transition to sustainability. An emerging sustainability science and its cross-disciplinary theoretical concepts will require more integrated data sets and modeling tools to provide systematic, structured analyses of global change issues. Integrated modeling efforts will contribute to bridging the traditional gaps between natural and social sciences, and this will in turn raise the demand for data of a new quality, especially in economics and social sciences. At the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) recently the idea of a “Sustainability Geoscope” has evolved. The Geoscope will provide a framework for an observation and monitoring system on a global scale, comprising economic, social, environmental and institutional issues. Data sources will be a combination of satellite remote sensing with on-the-ground observations. The objective of this paper is to present the Geoscope idea and discuss possible connections and mutual benefits with recent efforts in global economic data collection and analysis.

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Category: 2002 Conference Paper
Status: Published
By/In: Presented at the 5th Annual Conference on Global Economic Analysis, Taipei, Taiwan
Date: 2002
Created: Lotze-Campen, H. (4/29/2002)
Updated: Bacou, M. (4/29/2002)
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