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A systems view of climate change

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The challenge of climate change is an outstanding example of a systems problem. Engineers have an essential, and so far under-recognised, role in responding to the climate challenge, alongside many other disciplines in environmental science, economics, social sciences and politics. In this paper, we identify a number of the distinctive systems characteristics of climate change, from an engineering perspective. These relate to issues of spatial and temporal scale, uncertainty and interdisciplinarity. The challenge of implementing transitions to a sustainable future system state is discussed. © 2010 Taylor & Francis.

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Author(s): Hall J, Pidgeon N

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Civil Engineering and Environmental Systems

Year: 2010

Volume: 27

Issue: 3

Pages: 243-253

Print publication date: 01/01/2010

ISSN (print): 1028-6608

ISSN (electronic): 1029-0249

Publisher: Taylor & Francis


DOI: 10.1080/10286608.2010.482659


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