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Earth System Science and Climate Change Group
The past two decades have brought a fundamental change in the world view of the sciences of the Earth. We have become aware that global change cuts across all components of the Earth System: solid earth, biosphere, atmosphere and oceans.
ESS CC develops innovative methods and tools (both observational and modeling ones), with a common aim to advance scientific understanding, as well as to support policies and strategic decision making processes in the field of climate, water and the environment.
ESS CC has a leading role in EU funded research projects, such as HighNoon and WATCH (ended in 2011), and coordinates scientifically in two major national climate research programs Climate changes Spatial Planning (ended in 2011) and Knowledge for Climate. Other important programs, which ESS CC contributes to are the Wadden Academy and Delta Alliance.
The Group ESS CC: Earth System Science (University - Environmental Sciences) and Climate Change (Alterra) from Wageningen UR has its mission to advance our understanding of the Earth and Climate System as a complex system, with specific inclusion of the anthropogenic and human components. Properties and processes of the components of the Earth System, such as carbon or water cycles in the terrestrial and atmospheric compartments, are investigated as integral parts of the system, focusing on their interactions and feedbacks.