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Planetary boundaries: guiding human development on a changing planet

Steffen, Will; Richardson, K.; Rockstrom, J.; Cornell, S. E.; Fetzer, I.; Bennett, E. M.; Biggs, Reinette; Carpenter, S. R.; de Vries, W.; de Wit, C. A.; Folke, C.; Gerten, D.; Heinke, J.; Mace, G. M.; Persson, L. M.; Ramanathan, V.; Reyers, B.; Sorlin, S.

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The planetary boundaries framework defines a safe operating space for humanity based on the intrinsic biophysical processes that regulate the stability of the Earth system. Here, we revise and update the planetary boundary framework, with a focus on the underpinning biophysical science, based on targeted input from expert research communities and on more general scientific advances over the past 5 years. Several of the boundaries now have a two-tier approach, reflecting the importance of...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorSteffen, Will
dc.contributor.authorRichardson, K.
dc.contributor.authorRockstrom, J.
dc.contributor.authorCornell, S. E.
dc.contributor.authorFetzer, I.
dc.contributor.authorBennett, E. M.
dc.contributor.authorBiggs, Reinette
dc.contributor.authorCarpenter, S. R.
dc.contributor.authorde Vries, W.
dc.contributor.authorde Wit, C. A.
dc.contributor.authorFolke, C.
dc.contributor.authorGerten, D.
dc.contributor.authorHeinke, J.
dc.contributor.authorMace, G. M.
dc.contributor.authorPersson, L. M.
dc.contributor.authorRamanathan, V.
dc.contributor.authorReyers, B.
dc.contributor.authorSorlin, S.
dc.date.accessioned2015-03-31T02:56:26Z
dc.date.available2015-03-31T02:56:26Z
dc.identifier.issn0036-8075
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/13126
dc.description.abstractThe planetary boundaries framework defines a safe operating space for humanity based on the intrinsic biophysical processes that regulate the stability of the Earth system. Here, we revise and update the planetary boundary framework, with a focus on the underpinning biophysical science, based on targeted input from expert research communities and on more general scientific advances over the past 5 years. Several of the boundaries now have a two-tier approach, reflecting the importance of cross-scale interactions and the regional-level heterogeneity of the processes that underpin the boundaries. Two core boundaries—climate change and biosphere integrity—have been identified, each of which has the potential on its own to drive the Earth system into a new state should they be substantially and persistently transgressed.
dc.description.sponsorshipThe planetary boundaries research at the Stockholm Resilience Centre is made possible through a core grant from MISTRA (Swedish Foundation for Strategic Environmental Research). S.E.C. is supported by the Swedish Research Council, E.M.B. is supported by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada and by the Trottier Institute for Science and Public Policy, R.B. is supported by a Branco Weiss Fellowship, C.F. is supported by the Family Erling Persson Academy Programme on Global Economic Dynamics and the Biosphere, I.F. is supported by the Stordalen Foundation (Norway), S.S. is supported by the Riksbanken Jubileumsfond and the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton NJ, and S.R.C. and V.R. are supported by the U.S. National Science Foundation.
dc.format10 pages
dc.publisherAmerican Association for the Advancement of Science
dc.sourceScience
dc.subjectatmosphere
dc.subjectfresh water
dc.subjecthumans
dc.subjectbiological evolution
dc.subjectclimate change
dc.subjectearth (planet)
dc.subjectozone depletion
dc.subjectbiophysics
dc.subjectbiosphere
dc.subjectboundary layer
dc.subjectearth science
dc.subjectheterogeneity
dc.subjectstabilization
dc.subjectacidification
dc.subjectastronomy
dc.subjectozone layer
dc.subjectpriority journal
dc.subjectevolution
dc.titlePlanetary boundaries: guiding human development on a changing planet
dc.typeJournal article
local.description.notesIn the top 5% of all research outputs scored by Altmetric. #50/100 Altmetric Top 100 articles in 2015 - https://www.altmetric.com/top100/2015/
local.identifier.citationvolume347
dcterms.dateAccepted2015-01-08
dc.date.issued2015-02-13
local.identifier.absfor050200 - ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE AND MANAGEMENT
local.identifier.ariespublicationa383154xPUB2412
local.publisher.urlhttp://www.aaas.org/
local.type.statusPublished version
local.contributor.affiliationSteffen, Will, CMBE, Fenner School of Environment and Society, The Australian National University
local.identifier.essn1095-9203
local.bibliographicCitation.issue6223
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage1259855
local.identifier.doi10.1126/science.1259855
local.identifier.absseo960304 - Climate Variability (excl. Social Impacts)
dc.date.updated2015-12-11T07:24:23Z
local.identifier.scopusID2-s2.0-84922433390
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