NEWS • 2019-04-10
Seminar video: Water as the bloodstream of the Biosphere
On this year’s World Water Day 22 March and celebrating the 200th Stockholm Seminar, three generations of water resilience researchers shared their research and reflections on the multiple ways that freshwater sustain the biosphere and human development. the seminar was held at the Royal Swedish Academyof Sciences.
Water is essential for life on Earth and the prosperity of human civilization. As it flows through rivers and streams, rests in lakes and oceans, circulate through the roots and leaves of plants and falls as rain or snow, water serves as the bloodstream of the biosphere.
If the pressure on the water cycle at local, regional or the global scale becomes too great it can lead to unpredictable and potentially irreversible changes. In recent years the functions and importance of “green” water, the soil moisture from precipitation, used by plants via transpiration, is becoming increasingly understood. And studies how the water “bloodstream” is globally connected, shows that local land-uses changes can be connected to rainfall modifications in faraway areas.
This included the Blue Planet Prize 2018 awardee Prof. Malin Falkenmark’s lifework of articulating water’s fundamental role for Earth’s life support system, innovating the understanding of water scarcity, and propelling the recognition of green water as a valuable and manageable resource; centre director Dr. Line Gordon’s decade long research unravelling the critical roles of “invisible” water for social-ecological resilience; and Dr. Lan Wang-Erlandsson’s account of the newest advancements towards a revised freshwater planetary boundary that acknowledges all facets of water for supporting a stable and habitable Earth.
By Carl Folke Folke, Director of the Beijer Institute of Ecological Economics of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences and Science Director Stockholm Resilience Centre at Stockholm University
Water – Bloodstream of the Biosphere
Malin Falkenmark, professor Stockholm Resilience Centre at Stockholm University and SIWI, Awardee of the Blue Planet Prize 2018
Echo, written and performed by Rosa Kvartetten: Daina Mateikaite (violin); Brita Pettersson(violin); Anna Manell (viola) and Jessie Langhard (cello)
14.10 Coffee break
The role of invisible water in sustaining ecosystem resilience and human development
Line Gordon, director and associate professor, Stockholm Resilience Centre at Stockholm University.
Towards a new water planetary boundary for Earth resilience
Lan Wang-Erlandsson, PhD, Stockholm Resilience Centre at Stockholm University.
Moderator: Louise Hård af Segerstad
The Stockholm Seminars cover a broad range of sustainability science perspectives with a focus on the dynamics and stewardship of social-ecological systems.
The seminars are held at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences and organised by the Beijer Institute of Ecological Economics at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, Albaeco, Future Earth and Stockholm Resilience Centre.
Since its start in 2000 more than 200 of the world’s leading scientists and experts have taken part in this seminar series, including Nobel Laureates.
The Stockholm Seminars are open and free of charge.