Earth systems engineering and management in a multicultural world

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As a result of economic, technological, cultural and demographic evolution, the dynamics of many of the important natural systems and cycles are increasingly affected by human activities. This will not be a passing situation, but reflects a new relationship between one species, humanity, and the planet. While the need to ethically and rationally respond to these new conditions has called forth the concept of "earth systems engineering and management," it is apparent that the appropriate knowledge, methods, institutions, and cultural patterns are still nascent at best. In particular, the situation requires that attention be paid to communications and dialog, lest less powerful cultural voices not be heard.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)71-77
Number of pages7
JournalInternational Journal of Ecology and Environmental Sciences
Issue number1
StatePublished - Dec 1 2002
Externally publishedYes


  • Earth systems engineering
  • Earth systems management
  • Global climate change
  • Industrial ecology
  • Multiculturalism

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Ecology
  • General Environmental Science


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