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Introducing ‘Anthropocene Science’: A New International Journal for Addressing Human Impact on the Resilience of Planet Earth

“It is surely our responsibility to do everything within our power to create a planet that provides a home not just for us, but for all life on Earth”—Sir David Attenborough, BBC Planet Earth II, 2016.

Welcome to the new journal Anthropocene Science (eISSN 2731-3980), an exciting trans- and multidisciplinary international peer-reviewed journal for addressing human impact on the resilience of planet Earth, published by Springer Nature .

One of the striking features of this journal is that apart from measuring, analysing, and modelling past, present, and future anthropogenic pressures on planet Earth, the journal strives to provide solutions based on sustainability principles for regaining the vitality of the planet as well as planet-friendly ways for living in harmony with nature.

Overall, Anthropocene Science promotes systemic trans- and multidisciplinary research approaches and frameworks to achieve a just and inclusive transformation to sustainability (Pradhan et al. 2017; Haberl et al. 2019; O’Brien 2021; Reichstein et al. 2021)

The journal recognises the changes society has made to the functioning of the biosphere and addresses the various dimensions of these changes for human and environmental well-being. It aims to publish full length research articles, short communications, reviews, graphical reviews, policy analysis, opinions, news and views, and case studies focusing on interactions between nature and people and how these relationships tend to affect the critical life supporting systems and human survival.

The journal welcomes new and innovative concepts, frameworks, technologies and policy interventions addressing transitions towards sustainability in areas such as: 

  • agriculture, food systems, biodiversity, land use, water resource management, urban development, industrial production, pollution control, energy production and utilisation, climate change mitigation and adaptation, public health and sanitation, natural resource governance etc.

The journal welcomes research drawing on emerging paradigms such as planetary healthy diets, nature-based solutions (NbS), ecosystem-based adaptation (EbA), ecosystem health (EH), ecosystem governance (EG), ecosystem-based disaster risk reduction (Eco-DRR), as well as research that harnesses biocultural diversity and traditional knowledge for achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals (UN-SDGs).

In essence, the journal aims to address how human activities influence the resilience of planet Earth and how knowledge-driven scientific and technological innovations and societal transformations based on sustainability principles can restore the Earth’s vitality.