April 15, 2022
Journal Article

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


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.

Published: April 15, 2022


Reed P., A. Hadjimichael, R.H. Moss, C. Brelsford, C.D. Burleyson, S. Cohen, and A. Dyreson, et al. 2022. MultiSector Dynamics: Advancing the Science of Complex Adaptive Human-Earth Systems. Earth's Future 10, no. 3:e2021EF002621. PNNL-SA-169356. doi:10.1029/2021EF002621