Articles | Volume 9, issue 2
Earth Syst. Dynam., 9, 849–863, 2018

Special issue: Social dynamics and planetary boundaries in Earth system...

Earth Syst. Dynam., 9, 849–863, 2018

ESD Reviews 14 Jun 2018

ESD Reviews | 14 Jun 2018

On deeper human dimensions in Earth system analysis and modelling

Dieter Gerten et al.


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ED: Publish subject to minor revisions (review by editor) (12 Apr 2018) by John Finnigan
AR by Dieter Gerten on behalf of the Authors (09 May 2018)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Publish as is (24 May 2018) by John Finnigan
Short summary
Cultural processes are underrepresented in Earth system models, although they decisively shape humanity’s planetary imprint. We set forth ideas on how Earth system analysis can be enriched by formalising aspects of religion (understood broadly as a collective belief in things held sacred). We sketch possible modelling avenues (extensions of existing Earth system models and new co-evolutionary models) and suggest research primers to explicate and quantify mental aspects of the Anthropocene.
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