Little attention paid by policymakers to monitoring, modelling and managing the impacts of climate change

Jasper Knight from the University of Witwatersrand, South Africa and Stephan Harrison from the University of Exeter, have published a paper in the latest issue of Nature Climate Change arguing that relatively little attention has been paid by policymakers to monitoring, modelling and managing the impacts of climate change on the dynamics of Earth surface systems.

They maintain that this is a critical omission, as Earth surface systems provide water and soil resources, sustain ecosystem services and strongly influence biogeochemical climate feedbacks in ways that are as yet uncertain. Knight and Harrison suggest that there is a significant policy gap regarding the management of Earth surface systems’ impacts under climate change that needs to be closed to facilitate the sustainability of cross-national Earth surface resource use. They also believe that it is also a significant challenge to the scientific community to better understand Earth surface systems’ sensitivity to climate forcing.

Knight J and Harrison S. 2013.  The impacts of climate change on terrestrial Earth surface systems.  Nature Climate Change, Volume (3), 24-29.

Date: 18 January 2013

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