24 April 10:30-12:00 CEST


Join AIMES, the Earth Commission, Future Earth, and the WCRP Safe Landing Climates Lighthouse Activity for webinar focused on the critical issue of soil erosion. With the relentless demand for land resources accelerating this global threat, it becomes crucial to understand our connection to land through the lens of soil. This talk will delve into the critical tipping points in soil erosion and their implications, particularly in the regions of the global south where the impacts are currently most pronounced.


Moderated by Amandine Erktan (IRD, UMR Eco&Sols, Montpellier).

The recording is provided below.

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Amaury Frankl
Ghent University

Amaury is professor at the Department of Geography at the University of Gent. He specializes in geomorphology and focuses on researching land degradation in various environments, including alpine, tropical mountain, and temperate lowland regions. He investigates the impact of anthropogenic disturbances and climate extremes on rates of soil erosion and the triggering of natural hazards. 

He also explores how nature-based solutions can mitigate erosion from a connectivity perspective. He is co-chair of the Africa Platform of Ghent University Association (, Board Member of the UAV Research Centre (, Member of the EU Soil Observatory Working Group on Soil Erosion and Associate Member of the Royal Academy of Overseas Sciences.

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Nikolaos Nikolaidis
Technical University of Crete

Nikolaos Nikolaidis is a professor in the Department of Environmental Engineering and the Director of the HersLab. Prior to joining TUC, he was a professor and director of the Environmental Engineering Program at the University of Connecticut, USA. His areas of expertise include: Watershed Scale Studies and Modeling, Heavy Metal Site Assessment and Remediation, and Pollution Prevention and Sustainable Development. He is using a "holistic" approach in solving environmental problems by conducting field studies, laboratory experimentation and mathematical modeling. Dr. Nikolaidis has developed four environmental models and he is currently participating in many European and Greek funded watershed studies (SoilTrec, Charms, CONDENSE, EUROCAT, tempQsim, EnviFriendly, AquaTrain, MIRAGE, SoilCritZone, CyberMan).

Dr. Nikolaidis has extensive experience on watershed monitoring and modeling in Greece, Europe and the US. He has studied major watersheds in Greece such as Axios, Evrotas, Krathis, Keritis, Koiliaris and Acheloos River (10% of Greece) and he has developed watershed models such as the ETD model, the NTT model and the HM-1D and 3D models. Recently, his developed the Reach Scale tempQsim model for temporary rivers and the Karstic model for predicting the flow and water quality of karstic hydrogeologic systems. He is currently working towards the development of an integrated soil critical zone model as part of the SoilTrec project.

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All you need to know

This event is part of a series of online discussions aims to advance the knowledge about tipping elements, irreversibility, and abrupt changes in the Earth system. It supports efforts to increase consistency in treatment of tipping elements in the scientific community, develop a research agenda, and design joint experiments and ideas for a Tipping Element Model Intercomparison Project (TipMip).

This discussion series is a joint activity of the Analysis, Integration, and Modeling of the Earth System (AIMES) global research project of Future Earth, the Earth Commission Working Group 1 Earth and Human Systems Intercomparison Modelling Project (EHSMIP) under the Global Commons Alliance and the Safe Landing Climates Lighthouse Activity of World Climate Research Program (WCRP).


Organized by

Analysis, Integration, and Modeling of the Earth System (AIMES)

The Analysis, Integration, and Modeling of the Earth System (AIMES) project is an international network of Earth system scientists and scholars that seek to develop innovative, interdisciplinary ways to understand the complexity of the natural world and its interactions with human activities. AIMES is a global research project of Future Earth.

Future Earth

Future Earth is a global network of scientists, researchers, and innovators collaborating for a more sustainable planet. Future Earth initiates and supports international collaboration between researchers and stakeholders to identify and generate the integrated knowledge needed for successful transformations towards societies that provide good and fair lives for all within a stable and resilient Earth system. Future Earth is the host of the Earth Commission.

International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA)

International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA)is an international research institute that advances systems analysis and applies its research methods to identify policy solutions to reduce human footprints, enhance the resilience of natural and socioeconomic systems, and help achieve the sustainable development goals.

Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK)

The Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) is advancing the frontier of integrated research for global sustainability, and for a safe and just climate future. A member of the Leibniz Association, the institute is based in Potsdam, Brandenburg and connected with the global scientific community. Drawing on excellent research, PIK provides relevant scientific advice for policy decision-making. The institute’s international staff of about 400 is led by a committed interdisciplinary team of Directors.

University of Exeter, Global Systems Institute

The Global Systems Institute (GSI) is thought-leading in understanding global changes, solving global challenges and helping create a flourishing future world together, through transformative research, education and impact. GSI's aim is to work with others to secure a flourishing future for humanity as an integral part of a life-sustaining Earth system. GSI's aim to be a ‘go to’ place for global change researchers from around the world, bringing them together with industry, policymakers, students and other stakeholders to tackle shared problems, and acting as a catalyst that enables translation of this research into applications that deliver tangible and sustainable social and ecological benefit.

WCRP Safe Landing Climates Lighthouse Activity.

The Safe Landing Climates Lighthouse Activity is an exploration of the routes to “safe landing” spaces for human and natural systems. It will explore future pathways that avoid dangerous climate change while at the same time contributing to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including those of climate action, zero hunger, clean water and sanitation, good health and well-being, affordable and clean energy, and healthy ecosystems above and below water. The relevant time scale is multi-decadal to millennial.