The System Dynamics Model underlying the Meridian Report is grounded in the thermodynamics of the planet as a whole, in the context of the Solar System. It then proceeds to assemble the elements of the stores, drivers, feedback mechanisms and linkages involved in a Whole Earth System. Attention is drawn to the second order effects of the feedback system as a whole. The four major cycles of the system are then identified and the specific feedbacks are noted in detail. The concluding section explores the possibility of bringing together an integrated ensemble of modelling platforms capable of working seamlessly with global systems dynamics, differentiated delineation of local climate impacts, and insights from extreme events in paleo-climatology.

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