Research report 2023 - Max Planck Institute of Geoanthropology

Looking to tropical forests to find the roots of the Anthropocene

Roberts, Patrick;  Renn, Jürgen; Winkelmann, Ricarda
isoTROPIC Forschungsgruppe/Abteilung für Archäologie, Abteilung Strukturwandel der Technosphäre, Abteilung Evolutionäre Erdsystemwissenschaft
Understanding how tropical land use and deforestation affects the dynamics of the global Earth system and identifying potential tipping points are key to the future of our species on this planet. By exploring the long history of human societies in tropical forests and bringing together natural and social systems in interdisciplinary models, we can evaluate the repercussions of early human interaction with tropical environments. This historical interaction has left  irreversible imprints on the Earth, with consequences that will reverberate far beyond the 21st century.

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