• 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 .
photo: iStockphoto/Alex Nikada
Published: December 20, 2012

What is the vision for Future Earth?

A new series of short interviews with the Future Earth transition team articulate why Future Earth and why now.
Future Earth is a new 10-year international research initiative on global sustainability. It will mobilize thousands of scientists in an international research endeavour and create new partnerships with policy, industry and society.  

Johan Rockström introduces Future Earth

How will Future Earth affect the international funding landscape?

How will Future Earth work in practice?

What are the main challenges facing Future Earth?

What is the vision of Future Earth?

Why do we need Future Earth?

How will Future Earth respond directly to the needs of people?

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