Year of planet Earth

In this supplement

To celebrate the International Year of Planet Earth, this special supplement explores recent developments and future directions in the Earth sciences. With climate change to the fore, Earth scientists have much to offer society, and these articles explore both our understanding of the planet and how this knowledge can be used to benefit the people who live on it.


The supplement


Year of planet Earth free access

Joanna Thorpe, Juliane Mφssinger & John VanDecar

Nature 451, 257 (17 January 2008) doi:10.1038/451257a


A tribe of jobbing ditchers free access

Ted Nield

Nature 451, 258–260 (17 January 2008) doi:10.1038/nature06581


A planetary perspective on the deep Earth free access

David J. Stevenson

Nature 451, 261–265 (17 January 2008) doi:10.1038/nature06582


Using seismic waves to image Earth's internal structure free access

Barbara Romanowicz

Nature 451, 266–268 (17 January 2008) doi:10.1038/nature06583


Mineralogy at the extremes free access

Thomas S. Duffy

Nature 451, 269–270 (17 January 2008) doi:10.1038/nature06584


Earthquake physics and real-time seismology free access

Hiroo Kanamori

Nature 451, 271–273 (17 January 2008) doi:10.1038/nature06585


From landscapes into geological history free access

Philip A. Allen

Nature 451, 274–276 (17 January 2008) doi:10.1038/nature06586


The rise of atmospheric oxygen free access

Lee R. Kump

Nature 451, 277–278 (17 January 2008) doi:10.1038/nature06587


An early Cenozoic perspective on greenhouse warming and carbon-cycle dynamics free access

James C. Zachos, Gerald R. Dickens & Richard E. Zeebe

Nature 451, 279–283 (17 January 2008) doi:10.1038/nature06588


Unlocking the mysteries of the ice ages free access

Maureen E. Raymo & Peter Huybers

Nature 451, 284–285 (17 January 2008) doi:10.1038/nature06589


Ocean circulation in a warming climate free access

J. R. Toggweiler & Joellen Russell

Nature 451, 286–288 (17 January 2008) doi:10.1038/nature06590


Terrestrial ecosystem carbon dynamics and climate feedbacks free access

Martin Heimann & Markus Reichstein

Nature 451, 289–292 (17 January 2008) doi:10.1038/nature06591


An Earth-system perspective of the global nitrogen cycle free access

Nicolas Gruber & James N. Galloway

Nature 451, 293–296 (17 January 2008) doi:10.1038/nature06592


A steep road to climate stabilization free access

Pierre Friedlingstein

Nature 451, 297–298 (17 January 2008) doi:10.1038/nature06593


Small-scale cloud processes and climate free access

Marcia B. Baker & Thomas Peter

Nature 451, 299–300 (17 January 2008) doi:10.1038/nature06594


Earth science and society free access

Frank Press

Nature 451, 301–303 (17 January 2008) doi:10.1038/nature06595