• 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 .
Published: July 1, 2015

IGBP co-sponsored sessions at AGU 2015

Atmospheric sciences




Global Environmental Change


Natural Hazards

Ocean Sciences

Paleo-oceanography and Paleoclimatology

Public Affairs

Atmospheric sciences

Air pollution, greenhouse gases and emissions in East Asia and its interactions with the world Jintai Lin

Air Quality Research: From Emissions to Impact Gabriele Pfister 

Dust in High Latitudes: From its Origins to its Impacts Santiago Gasso 

Marine aerosols and trace gases Nicholas Meskhidze

Wildfire in a changing world: Interactions with climate and ecosystems Yuhang Wang 

Understanding and attributing greenhouse gas fluxes from urban systems and major hot-spots: (2) Attributing sources and sinks for policy and health applications Daniel L Mendoza 

Arctic Tropospheric Composition:  Natural and Anthropogenic Emissions, Transport, Processing, and Fate of Trace Gases and Aerosols Jennie L Thomas 

Aerosol Property effected by Biomass Burning Jianmin Chen 

VOC Chemistry and OH Reactivity: Known Unknowns and Unknown Unknowns Kirsti Ashworth 


Novel approaches for considering future vegetation distributions Abigail L. S. Swann 

Next generation of land ecosystem models: optimality, acclimation and adaptation principles in theory and practice Han Wang 

New Mechanisms, Feedbacks, and Approaches for Improving Predictions of the Global Carbon Cycle in Earth System Models Forrest M Hoffman 

Terrestrial Biome Fluxes Chuixiang Yi 

Natural Wetlands and Open Waters in the Global Methane Cycle: Modeling, observations and challenges Elaine Matthews 

Linking Soils to Fluvial Waters to Marine DOM through Organic Matter Characterization Yuehan Lu 

Emerging Findings and Ecological Applications of NEON Airborne Science: Lidar, Spectrometer, and Digital Camera Data 2013-2015 John Adler 

Estimation and mapping of forest attributes and ecosystem structure using large-scale airborne lidar data Qi Chen 

Terrestrial and Aquatic Responses to Changing Climate and Disturbance Regimes in Arctic and Sub-Arctic Regions Marion Syndonia Bret-Harte 

The Bio-atmospheric N cycle: N emissions, transformations, deposition, and terrestrial and aquatic ecosystem impacts Stuart B Weiss 

New Perspectives in Land Ecosystem Atmosphere Processes Research Alex B Guenther

The global carbon cycle: recent history, future projections, and policy relevance Josep Canadell

Ecosystem Experiment and Model Synthesis: Uncertainty Reduction in Understanding Terrestrial Biosphere Feedback with Atmospheric and Climatic Change Anthony P Walker 

Africa GHG - Developing a Network of Greenhouse Gas Measurements for Africa Michael B Jones 

Understanding Phenology Across Scales and Improving Linkages to Ecosystem Functions Heidi Steltzer 

Remote sensing of forests and plantations in the tropical and sub-tropical zones Xiangming Xiao 

Rates of accumulation and turnover of terrestrial and aquatic carbon pools – how are they influenced by natural and anthropogenic climate change and other factors? Dorothy M Peteet 

Closing the global nitrous oxide budget: magnitude, spatiotemporal patterns and responses Hanqin Tian

Reducing uncertainty in terrestrial feedbacks to climate change through global change experiments and models Jeffrey S Dukes 


Exploring a Permafrost Forecast System Rachael Grace Jonassen 


Teaching sustainability, and human impact thought collaborative educational methods. Diana Lynne Ibarra 

Climate Literacy: Enlisting Citizens to Help Produce and Assess Climate-Relevant Information to Better Anticipate, Mitigate, and Adapt to Environmental Change Geoffrey Haines-Stiles

Global Environmental Change

The Uncertainties and Robustness in Hydrologic Projections Sanjiv Kumar 

Emerging perspectives on land in a changing world Peter Verburg 

Sustainable Deltas: Multidisciplinary Analyses of Complex Systems Irina Overeem

Dating the Anthropocene: Early Land Use and Earth System Change Erle C Ellis 

The water-energy nexus: data, impacts and opportunities Yaling Liu 

Improving valuation of hydrologic ecosystem services Gillian L Galford 

Sedimentary records of threshold change in ecosystems Keely Mills

Extreme Climatic Events and Natural Disasters in Amazonia: How to Adapt and Mitigate? Irving Foster Brown 

Ecohydrology in the Critical Zone Kathleen A Lohse 

Modeling the Critical Zone: Integrating Processes and Data across Disciplines and Scales Li Li 

Attribution of Changes in the Components of Hydrologic Cycle to Human Influence Mohammad Reza Najafi 

Interacting Physical and Biological Processes across Terrestrial and Aquatic Systems Ed Hall 

Brazil – Advances in Measuring and Modeling Ecohydrology, Agricultural Systems, Land-use Change and Climate Effects on Water and Carbon Across Scales. Timothy R Green 


Ecohydrology in a Changing Environment Erkan Istanbulluoglu

Advances in Ecohydrology of Water-Stressed Environments Lixin Wang

Natural Hazards

Hydrological, geomorphological and climate-related hazards in coastal regions: risk, impact and adaptation Dapeng Yu 

Natural Hazards and Climate Change: Relation, Vulnerability, Risk and Adaptability Racha Elkadiri 

Modelling of Natural Hazards: Advances and Applications Racha Elkadiri 

The Interface of Disaster Management and Adaptation Opha Pauline Dube 

Ocean Sciences

Eastern boundary upwelling systems: Natural laboratories for studying the impacts of multiple stressors on marine ecosystems Ivonne Montes

Trajectories of change in the Southern Ocean Christiane Lancelot 

Exploring the Dust-Ocean Connection in a Changing Climate Maurice Levasseur 

Towards a better understanding of the impact of ocean acidification and ocean anoxia on carbonate systems and shallow intra-basinal settings Aisha H Al-Suwaidi 

Paleooceanography and Paleoclimatology

Biogeochemical cycles in the past - long-term commitments in the future Hubertus Fischer 

Climate of the Common Era Jason E Smerdon 

Decoding Paleoenvironmental Proxies - Developments, Challenges, Refinements, Mechanisms Simon A T Redfern

Sea levels and ice sheets during past warm periods: looking the past to understand the future Alessio Rovere 

Public Affairs

Climate Adaptation, Mitigation, and Resiliency Toolkits for Cities Jack D Fellows 

More bang for your buck: How does coordination add value to sustainability science? Thorsten Kiefer 

Climate Research to Applications: Realizing societal benefits of information from US CLIVAR Science Andrea J Ray 

Science and the Sustainable Development Goals Chuluun Togtokh Public Affairs

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