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In recent years, our society has become more aware of the delicate balance of the Earth system, and has devoted much time and energy to debates over how best to ensure a sustainable future for the planet.

The Earth System Initiative is predicated on the notion that, to be meaningful, these debates must be informed by reliable scientific data regarding the evolution and current state of our planet.

ESI scientists and engineers marshal their efforts around four broad research themes:

The Earth System Initiative facilitates the development of large-scale research efforts in key areas of Earth system science and engineering. The first such program, the Darwin Project, was launched in December 2006.

You can also read some short vignettes of other ESI Research activities.