Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research
Other Network Members Involved:
Contact Person: Hermann Lotze-Campen
The Geoscope is an instrument for comparative regional observation and analysis with regard to measures affecting sustainability on a global scale. In that sense the Geoscope is an observation instrument for the anthropocene, the era we are currently entering and in which the human sphere and the natural environment are no longer separable. The Geoscope primarily focusses on the systematic collection of congruent natural-scientific as well as socio-economic data on global change, which will facilitate a detailed validation of integrated assessments of human-environment interactions. Selected regions from various parts of the world shall be monitored with respect to sustainable development using methods of remote sensing in connection with on-the-ground observations. To this end standardised and comparable observation criteria have to be defined, sufficiently long time series have to be acquired and a network of related research programmes has to be established. The Geoscope is therefore also an organisational framework for the development of indicators, theories, models and policy instruments for an integrated earth system analysis and a prospective earth system management in the future.
Project Website: http://www.sustainability-geoscope.net
||Lucht, W., Jaeger, C.C. (2001): The Sustainability Geoscope: a proposal for a global observation instrument for the anthropocene. |
In: Contributions to Global Change Research: A Report by the German National Committee on Global Change Research, 138-144.
Achieving a transition to sustainability in the 21st century will require new data streams that inform
theory and action. Global observations of theory-based parameters characterising the increasingly inseparable
natural and human global systems are currently mostly available only for the natural sciences. We propose to
begin with the construction of a "Sustainability Geoscope," a global observation instrument and interpretation
framework designed to meet the need for integrated natural scientific and socioeconomic data of a next-generation
type and quality.
Online Project Publication(s) http://www.pik-potsdam.de/~wlucht/gs/information/download/pdf/gs_honnef_jan01.pdf
This Network Project is classified within these Core Themes:
Biodiversity and Ecosystem Management
Complex adaptive systems
Connecting the ecological, economic, and social
Driving forces relevant to a sustainability transition
Health and Environment
Impacts and response
Indicators and monitoring
Integrative methods for place-based analysis
Poverty and Hunger