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.
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 .
In 2011, IGBP began a strategic management planning process that encompasses both its operations and its international reach throughout the scientific community. In 2012, strategic planning continues that focuses on the following areas:
Lead by example in the scientific community in strategic and operational sustainability.
Review current frameworks and standards relevant to the organisation and its community.
Develop organisational guidelines and policies to embed sustainability in decision-making processes that dictate procurement, operations and project development.
Drive cross-discipline and multi-sector dialogue by fostering networks and partnerships among scientists and decision makers, i.e. policy makers, industry, business, and NGOs, and communities it operates in promoting global sustainability.
Examine and address travel and meeting sustainability at a planning level.
Initiate and facilitate dialogue with funders to develop guidelines that encourage funders to take strategic and operational sustainability into consideration when disbursing funding.
Continue to identify and highlight the latest scientific research on global sustainability and unsustainability.
This final issue of the magazine takes stock of IGBP’s scientific and institutional accomplishments as well as its contributions to policy and capacity building. It features interviews of several past...
This issue features a special section on carbon. You can read about peak greenhouse-gas emissions in China, the mitigation of black carbon emissions and the effect of the 2010-2011 La Niña event on gl...