How to deal with global environmental change resulting from human activity is one of the most hotly debated topics of our time. This debate includes multiple scientific, societal, and economic issues. Our planet Earth has always been dynamic from a climatic and environmental viewpoint. So to fully understand the global environmental change debate, it is crucial to understand the fundamental set of mechanisms that drive planet Earth’s natural dynamics.
In the track Earth and Environment, you will learn about these Earth system processes and the anthropogenic forces affecting the Earth system with a specific focus on biodiversity, climate and natural resources. Based on this fundamental knowledge it is possible to assess which processes are currently altered through human activity, and how these alterations affect the dynamic trajectory of our planet.