‘Addressing Grand Challenges for Global Sustainability: Monitoring, Forecasting, and Governance of Urban Systems’

This sixth issue of UGEC Viewpoints highlights how the dimension of urbanization and global change fits into the envisaged objectives and scientific agenda of the new ICSU-supported Earth System Sustainability Initiative (ESSI). The five Grand Challenges posed by ESSI (forecasting, observing, confining, responding, and innovating) are areas to which UGEC project researchers and practitioners are increasingly turning their attention and this current issue showcases several examples. In particular, we include articles that are representative of the work occurring within the UGEC network, address three of the five major challenges posed by the ESSI, and apply them to urban systems.

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