• A personal note on IGBP and the social sciences

    Humans are an integral component of the Earth system as conceptualised by IGBP. João Morais recalls key milestones in IGBP’s engagement with the social sciences and offers some words of advice for Future Earth.
  • IGBP and Earth observation:
    a co-evolution

    The iconic images of Earth beamed back by the earliest spacecraft helped to galvanise interest in our planet’s environment. The subsequent evolution and development of satellites for Earth observation has been intricately linked with that of IGBP and other global-change research programmes, write Jack Kaye and Cat Downy .
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Acronym list

AfricanNESS  The African Network for Earth System Science
AIMES Analysis, Integration and Modelling of the Earth System
APN     Asia-Pacific Network for Global Change Research
CACGP     Commission on Atmospheric Chemistry and Global Pollution
CEOS     Committee on Earth Observation Satellites
DIS     Data and Information Systems
DIVERSITAS     An International Programme of Biodiversity Science
ESSP     Earth System Science Partnership
FAO     Food and Agriculture Organization
GAIM     Global Analysis, Integration and Modelling
GECAFS     Global Environmental Change and Food Systems
GECHH     Global Environmental Change and Human Health
GEO     Group on Earth Observations
GCP     Global Carbon Project
GCTE     Global Change and Terrestrial Ecosystems
GLOBEC     Global Ocean Ecosystem Dynamics
GLP     Global Land Project
GWSP     Global Water System Project
IAI     Inter-American Institute for Global Change Research
ICSU     International Council for Science
IGAC    International Global Atmospheric Chemistry
IGBP     International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme
IGFA     International Group of Funding Agencies for Global Change Research
IGO     The Integrated Global Observing Strategy
IHDP     International Human Dimensions Programme on Global Environmental Change
iLEAPS     Integrated Land Ecosystem-Atmosphere Processes Study
IMBER     Integrated Marine Biogeochemistry and Ecosystem Research
IOC    Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission
IPCC     Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
JGOFS     The Joint Global Ocean Flux Study
LBA     Large Scale Biosphere-Atmosphere Experiment in Amazonia
LOICZ     Land-Ocean Interactions in the Coastal Zone (IGBP)
LUCC     Land-Use/Cover Change
MEA    Millennium Ecosystem Assessment
NSF     National Science Foundation
PAGES     Past Global Changes
SCOPE     Scientific Committee on Problems of the Environment
SCOR     Scientific Committee on Oceanic Research
SOLAS     Surface Ocean - Lower Atmosphere Study
START     Global Change System for Analysis, Research and Training
WCRP     World Climate Research Programme

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