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Special Feature: Regional Manifestations of the Anthropocene: The Case of Chile

The Anthropocene as an epoch has been extensively characterized at the global scale. However, facing its adverse regional manifestations requires of improved understanding of local and regional aspects. As the world at large, in Chile one finds multiple geo-historical records of large-scale perturbations of the natural environment that identify the emergence of a new geological era. Also, accelerated urbanization and land use changes, in addition to distinct anthropogenic disturbances on climate that result in drying and warming trends where ca. 90% of the population concentrates, as well as on the Chile-Peru upwelling system, pose challenges to the country’s sustainability. Still, opportunities and ways forward also appear. The analysis of the many challenges and opportunities at stake for Chile, constitute relevant information for other countries in the region and elsewhere in the world to face the new epoch. This set of articles highlights regional manifestations of the Anthropocene in Chile, and synthesize science and policy relevant information.

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Eugenia M. Gayo; Virginia B. McRostie; Roberto Campbell; Carola Flores; Antonio Maldonado; Mauricio Uribe-Rodriguez; Patricio I. Moreno; Calogero M. Santoro; Duncan A. Christie; Ariel A. Muñoz; Laura Gallardo
Pilar Barría; Maisa Rojas; Pilar Moraga; Ariel Muñoz; Deniz Bozkurt; Camila Alvarez-Garreton
Juan P. Boisier; Camila Alvarez-Garreton; Raúl R. Cordero; Alessandro Damiani; Laura Gallardo; René D. Garreaud; Fabrice Lambert; Cinthya Ramallo; Maisa Rojas; Roberto Rondanelli
Rodrigo Arriagada; Paulina Aldunce; Gustavo Blanco; Cecilia Ibarra; Pilar Moraga; Laura Nahuelhual; Raúl O’Ryan; Anahí Urquiza; Laura Gallardo
Catalina Aguirre; Sebastián García-Loyola; Giovanni Testa; Diego Silva; Laura Farías
Laura Gallardo; Francisco Barraza; Andrés Ceballos; Mauricio Galleguillos; Nicolás Huneeus; Fabrice Lambert; Cecilia Ibarra; Marcela Munizaga; Raúl O’Ryan; Mauricio Osses; Sebastián Tolvett; Anahí Urquiza; Karina D. Véliz
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