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The evolution of the Earth system is governed by both natural and anthropogenic processes and their interactions. Environmental conditions provide opportunities and constraints for human activities that in turn change many aspects of the Earth system (including the conditions affecting human activity). Understanding such feedbacks is becoming extremely important as the impacts of both changing conditions and human activities are increasing in magnitude and spatial extent. Climate mitigation strategies are prominent examples of purposeful feedbacks in which humans attempt to change conditions in order to lessen negative impacts on human systems. While such strategies are widely discussed, most research and understanding is limited to either human or environmental systems, or to simple one-way effects of one system upon the other. Advancing human capacity for dealing with global change requires an integrated perspective with humans in the Earth system. This Special Issue aims to present cutting-edge research that can help us to understand feedbacks between humans and the environment by using approaches that integrate human and environmental systems, including modeling, observational, theoretical, and applied studies at local to global scales.
Dr. Alan V. Di Vittorio
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