The Department I interdisciplinary project "Mississippi River: Disclosing the Anthropocene in the USA Heartland," led by Christoph Rosol and Thomas Turnbull in collaboration with the Haus der Kulturen der Welt (HKW), has been featured in the Max Planck Society magazine MaxPlanckForschung.
The Mississippi area has developed into a huge agricultural and industrial corridor, a site of complex, rapidly changing manmade ecosystems, a catchment area of different cultures, and a site of historical inequalities. The project, funded by the Federal Foreign Office, has partnerships with numerous US companies as well as the Max Planck Institutes for Chemistry, Biogeochemistry and Human History. Scientists, artists, and activists involved in the project are developing new methods for research and education beyond the boundaries of disciplines. Together with local initiatives they aim to provide insights into the local dynamics of global change, in particular by asking the question: Does the transition to a new, man-dominated Earth age also apply on a regional level?