Articles | Volume 12, issue 2
Research article
27 May 2021
Research article |  | 27 May 2021

Earth system economics: a biophysical approach to the human component of the Earth system

Eric D. Galbraith

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Scientific tradition has left a gap between the study of humans and the rest of the Earth system. Here, a holistic approach to the global human system is proposed, intended to provide seamless integration with natural sciences. At the core, this focuses on what humans are doing with their time, what the bio-physical outcomes of those activities are, and what the lived experience is. The quantitative approach can facilitate data analysis across scales and integrated human–Earth system modeling.
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