Multisector Dynamics: Advancing the Science of Complex Adaptive Human-Earth Systems

Patrick Reed, Antonia Hadjimichael, Richard Moss, Christa Brelsford, Casey Burleyson, Stuart Cohen, Ana Dyreson, David Gold, Rohini Gupta, Klaus Keller, Megan Konar, Erwan Monier, Jennifer Morris, Vivek Srikrishnan, Nathalie Voisin, Jim Yoon

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The field of MultiSector Dynamics (MSD) explores the dynamics and co-evolutionary pathways of human and Earth systems with a focus on critical goods, services, and amenities delivered to people through interdependent sectors. This commentary lays out core definitions and concepts, identifies MSD science questions in the context of the current state of knowledge, and describes ongoing activities to expand capacities for open science, leverage revolutions in data and computing, and grow and diversify the MSD workforce. Central to our vision is the ambition of advancing the next generation of complex adaptive human-Earth systems science to better address interconnected risks, increase resilience, and improve sustainability. This will require convergent research and the integration of ideas and methods from multiple disciplines. Understanding the tradeoffs, synergies, and complexities that exist in coupled human-Earth systems is particularly important in the context of energy transitions and increased future shocks.

Original languageAmerican English
Article numbere2021EF002621
Number of pages18
JournalEarth's Future
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 2022

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NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/JA-6A40-82666


  • adaptive pathways
  • climate change
  • exploratory modeling
  • MultiSector Dynamics
  • resilience
  • risk


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