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 .
News | The International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme (IGBP) will come to a close at the end of this year after three decades of fostering international collaborative research and synthesis on global change.
News | The Global Land Project (GLP) is seeking applications for the position of Executive Officer of its International Project Office (IPO), which will be hosted by the Centre for Development and Environment (CDE) of the University of Bern, Switzerland. Apply by 17 October 2015 .
News | This workshop will be held in conjunction with the Fall Meeting of the American Geophysical Union (AGU) in December 2015. Future Earth and IGBP invite applications from early-career scientists from around the world. Please apply by 28 August.
News | IGBP is co-sponsoring over 60 scientific sessions as part of its package of activities at the Fall Meeting of the American Geophysical Union. We strongly encourage global-change researchers and practitioners to submit abstracts to these sessions by the 5 August deadline.
News | The deadline for submitting abstracts to this conference entitled "Social-ecological dynamics in the Anthropocene" is 21 June . The conference will be held in Stellenbosch, South Africa, from 3-5 November 2015.
News | The outcomes of IGBP's synthesis on the needs of least-developed countries are documented in a special issue of the Weather and Extremes journal published last month. The synthesis was led by IGBP Scientific Committee member Pauline Dube and funded by the Asia-Pacific Network for Global Change Research.
News | The Analysis, Integration and Modelling of the Earth System (AIMES) project is inviting proposals from institutions that interested in hosting its International Project Office. The ideal institution will have an international reputation in global environmental change, with a particular interest in modelling complex systems and human-environment interactions.
News | The website for registration and abstract submission is now open for the open meeting " Composition and Transport in the Tropical Troposphere and Lower Stratosphere " to be held in Boulder, CO on 20-23 July, 2015.
News | The Global Water System Project (GWSP) and its International Project Office (IPO), with financial support of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), is organizing the international conference on Sustainable Development Goals: A water perspective to be held at MARITIM Hotel, Bonn, Germany on 17-18 August 2015.
News | The International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) and IGBP will jointly host a symposium on 29 April 2015 in connection with IGBP's 30th Scientific Committee meeting. The symposium will commemorate Dr. Mike Raupach, a longstanding member of the IGBP community who passed away earlier this year.
News | IGBP will hold its landmark synthesis event at the American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting in December 2015. The IGBP community is strongly encouraged to submit session proposals and indicate IGBP co-sponsorship. The deadline for submitting session proposals is 22 April .
News | This call aims to foster research on climate, environmental, and related societal change in mountain regions, considering new measurements, recovery of existing data, and the development and use of integrated modelling strategies by adopting a strong trans- and inter-disciplinary approach.
News | The Tokyo (Japan) hub of the Future Earth Secretariat is accepting applications for secondment as Director. The closing date is April 10, 2015. For more information see: http://www.futureearth.org/vacancy-future-earth-global-hub-directors.
News | The IGBP community is mourning the passing of Lou Brown, retired Senior Staff Associate for International Affairs at the US National Science Foundation's Directorate for Geosciences, who died last weekend. Lou was a great friend and supporter of IGBP. We will miss him.
News | The Ecosystem Studies of Sub-Arctic Seas (ESSAS) project will hold its 10th Annual Science Meeting in Seattle 15-17 June 2015. As part of this meeting, there will be a 2.5-day symposium on “The Role of Ice in the Sea”.
News | The International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme is planning a series of events at the 2015 AGU Fall Meeting to celebrate our past and to Transition to Future Earth. We invite all our networks and partners to participate.
News | New research published in Ecology and Society indicates that it may be possible to develop integrated targets relating to food, energy and water for the proposed Sustainable Development Goals , which will be agreed at the UN General Assembly in 2015.
News | The city of Cork in southwest Ireland has been selected to host the Land Ocean Interactions in the Coastal Zone project (LOICZ) - a major international research programme focusing on the world’s coasts.
News | Future Earth is seeking five Global Hub Directors for its headquarters in Boulder (USA), Montreal (Canada), Paris (France), Stockholm (Sweden) and Tokyo (Japan). They're also looking for a Deputy Director (Synthesis & Foresight) for the Paris office. First deadline 16 January 2015.
News | 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 global carbon sinks. The issue also includes a feature on how past human experience could inform current and future policies.
News | The Future Earth research programme has published its Strategic Research Agenda following a year-long global consultation on the priorities for global change research. Experts have identified eight key challenges for sustainable development.
News | China’s fossil-fuel emissions now exceed Europe and US emissions combined according to the latest global carbon budget released by IGBP's Global Carbon Project. Scientists say carbon-dioxide emissions in 2014 are set to reach a new 40-billion-tonne record high. The remaining carbon-dioxide emission ‘quota’ may be used up in 30 years.
News | The Global Carbon Project (GCP) announced recently two new co-chairs, Nebojsa Nakicenovic from the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) in Vienna and Rob Kackson from Duke University in North Carolina.
News | The secretariat for the new ten-year research initiative Future Earth has been announced. Future Earth's secretariat will span three continents with five global hubs in Montreal, Paris, Tokyo, Stockholm and Boulder, Colorado (U.S.)
News | Following IGBP's first landmark synthesis published in 2004 Global Change and the Earth System: a planet under pressure (Springer), we are embarking on our second synthesis scheduled for completion in 2015. The synthesis will bring together the key Earth-system research findings in the last decade from across our projects to build on the foundations of concepts such as the Anthropocene and planetary stewardship.
News | IGBP's latest annual report has just been published. The report highlights research from across IGBP's nine projects including palaeoclimate, marine science, land-use change and atmospheric chemistry.
News | In 2010-2011, exceptional rainfall lashed Australia creating a flood disaster zone the size of France, Germany and Italy combined. The additional vegetation resulting from the rainfall turned Australia into a giant carbon sink soaking up 4 billion tons of carbon in 2011 – the equivalent of more than 40% of emissions from burning fossil fuels that year - according to researchers for the Global Carbon Project in Nature .
News | A major new £20m research programme Future Climate for Africa (FCFA), funded by the UK's aid agency DFID and environmental funding agency NERC, has announced two calls for proposal relating to climate variability and global climate models for Africa.
News | The latest issue of the Global Change magazine is now published. It features a full-spread infographic on deltas accompanied by a Q&A with IGBP Chair James Syvitski. You can also read about the latest news on Future Earth, coastal megacities, the progress in crystallising the Sustainable Development Goals and recent developments in land-atmosphere research.
News | The new Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) is seeking experts to scope regional and sub-regional assessments and an assessment of land degradation and restoration. Deadline for applications 24 May.
News | The International Social Science Council has launched a new funding programme, Transformations to Sustainability, offering 30 seed-funding grants of up to €30,000 and three grants of €300,000 a year for three years to create international " Transformative Knowledge Networks ".
News | A group of international science funders, the Belmont Forum, has released a call for proposals on Arctic Observing and Research for Sustainability as part of its 2014 International Opportunities Fund . The forum has €13 million available for projects in the €200,000 to €1million range. Deadline 31 July 2014.
News | A new Ocean Acidification website has been launched that brings together new ocean acidification infographics, publications, background information, presentations and news for researchers, policymakers and the public.
News | The deadline for abstracts for the Global Fair and Workshop on Long-Term Observatories of Mountain Social-Ecological Systems has been extended to 11 April. The event takes place in Reno USA on 16-19 July 2014.
News | The International Space Science Institute’s (ISSI) Working Group on "Carbon Cycle Data Assimilation: How to Consistently Assimilate Multiple Data Streams" is organizing an Autumn School on Data Assimilation in Biogeochemical Cycles in Trieste, Italy, 20-27 September, 2014. Deadline 1 May. Apply here .
News | On Friday 14 March, IGBP Executive Director Dr Sybil Seitzinger will give the Gordon Goodman memorial lecture on the origins of Earth system science and the development of the concept of the Anthropocene at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. The lecture is FREE. Register here .
News | A major international scientific congress focusing on global sustainability research is scheduled for 22-24 October 2014. The congress, Global challenges: achieving sustainability , will take place in Copenhagen and is targetting the science, business and policy communities. Abstract deadline 31 March.
News | The second Chemistry Climate Model Initiative (CCMI) Meeting will be held in Lancaster, UK from 20-22 May 2014. Financial support deadline 28 February. Abstract deadline 14 March. Registration deadline 1 April. This event is sponsored by IGAC and SPARC .
News | The Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) is seeking nominations of experts to join several task forces and expert groups to contribute to the IPBES 2014 - 2018 Work Programme.
News | The Global Emissions InitiAtive (GEIA), co-sponsored by IGBP's atmosheric project IGAC, holds its 16th conference - Bridging Emissions Science and Policy - in Boulder Colorado, 10-11 June 2014. Abstract deadline 7 February.
News | A workshop focusing on the underlying social systems driving the Anthropocene will take place 17-19 January in Washington DC. The invitation-only workshop, which will bring together social and natural scientists, has been organised by IGBP and the International Human Dimensions Programme.
News | The International Global Atmospheric Chemistry project is looking for nominations for new Scientific Steering Committee members. If you wish to submit a nomination send the name and CV of the individual to IGAC Executive Officer Megan Melamed, email@example.com , by 15 January 2014. To view current committee members see here .
News | Global emissions of carbon dioxide from burning fossil fuels are set to rise again in 2013, reaching a record high of 36 billion tonnes - according to new figures from the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme's Global Carbon Project.
News | Over the past two decades, researchers have shown that ocean acidification is increasing as humans have added more carbon dioxide (CO2) to the atmosphere. A panel of scientists reports a summary of outcomes, in which they connect the impacts on ecosystems and socio-economic consequences with levels of confidence that have implications for policy.
News | UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has announced his first Scientific Advisory Board. Former IGBP chair Carlos Nobre is one of twenty-six scientists selected. The new board will provide advice on science, technology and innovation for sustainable development and report directly to the Secretary General. UNESCO will host the secretariat.
News | Dr Qin Dahe, co-chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change working group I, has been awarded the presigious Volvo Environment Prize. The Chinese glaciologist and climate scientist is a member of the Future Earth scientific committee and former member of the IGBP Scientific Committee (2007-2012).
News | UK scientist Bob Watson will head up the interim engagement committee for Future Earth. The committee will provide strategic guidance to ensure Future Earth bridges the gap between science and society.
News | The latest issue of Global Change magazine is now available online on the IGBP website. Get a global view of regional temperature histories as the global climate has changed over the last 2000 years, in the cover feature from the PAGES 2k Consortium. The landmark temperature reconstruction also is visualised in a two-page spread that highlights individual continental shifts over time.
News | The call is now open for intitutions to host a major coasts initiative, the Land-Ocean Interactions in the Coastal Zone (LOICZ) project. Deadline for expressions of interst: 15 November 2013. More .
News | Public event 28 September 1-3pm (CET) for the launch of the new climate report. Co-chairs from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change working group I will take questions. Special guest speaker Hans Rosling. Livestream . @climateSTHLM
News | Two positions are now available within the GLP IPO at the National Institute for Space Research (INPE) in São José dos Campos, Brazil, namely the GLP IPO Executive Officer and the GLP IPO Project Officer.
News | On 23 September, the Global Carbon Project's Mike Raupach will give a Stockholm Seminar on "Resilience and vulnerability in the coupled carbon-climate-human system. The lecture will cover the role of narratives in guiding human behaviour. More...
News | IGBP and the Asia Pacific Network brought journal editors together with scientists from least developed countries for a workshop on how to write for peer-reviewed journals. The workshop, led by IGBP Officer Pauline Dube, was part of IGBP's synthesis on least developed countries. A summary of the workshop is available here .
News | On 28 September, IGBP and partners will hold a major public event for the launch of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Fifth Assessment Working Group I Summary for Policymakers, Climate Change 2013: the Physical Science Basis . This is the first event at which IPCC Working Group I Co-chairs present the findings of the newly-approved report to the general public. The event will be streamed live online.
News | The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has published a white paper analysing how the environment may be embedded within the Sustainable Development Goals. IGBP's Executive Director Professor Sybil Seitzinger participated in the roundtable discussions leading to this publication. UNEP website Full report: Embedding the Environment in Sustainable Development Goals
News | The second plenary session of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) will be held 9-14 December in Antalya, Turkey. Deadline for registration 19 Auguest 2013. More information: http://ipbes.net/plenary/registration-ipbes-2.htmlThe results of the recent IPBES open consultation is now available: http://ipbes.net/intersessional-process/current-review-comments.html
News | All at IGBP were saddened to learn of the death of Bertha Koifmann Becker who passed away recently. Bertha was a highly respected geographer with innumerable publications in the field of Political Geography of the Amazon and Brazil. She was also a valued member of the Future Earth Transition Team. Her passing is a great loss to the scientific community. More .
News | The call is now live for bids to host a permanent secretariat for Future Earth, the ambitious new 10-year international research programme on global sustainability. The first deadline in the three-step process for expressions of interest is 23 September. More.
News | Professor Frans Berkhout will be the Interim Director of Future Earth. The announcement was made today by the International Council for Science (ICSU), on behalf of the Science and Technology Alliance for Global Sustainability.
News | The Asia Pacific Network (APN) is inviting proposals under two separate programmes for funding in 2014. APN can provide a limited amount of financial support for research and capacity development activities that fall within its areas of interest. See APN website for further details.
News | The 3rd Climate Adaptation Futures Conference will take place in Fortaleza, Brazil in 2014 and will be co-hosted by PROVIA and the Earth System Science Center of the National Institute for Space Studies (CCST-INPE). The conference will focus on adaptation to climate variability and change, with some emphasis on arid and semi-arid lands.
News | The International Council for Science (ICSU) and the International Social Science Council (ISSC), on behalf of the Science and Technology Alliance for Global Sustainability has announced the members of the first science committee for Future Earth, a new 10-year research programme on global sustainability.The chair of the new committee is former IGBP vice-chair Mark Stafford Smith, Science Director of CSIRO’s Climate Adaptation Flagship in Canberra, Australia. Vice chairs are Melissa Leach, Director of the STEPS (Social, Technological and Environmental Pathways to Sustainability) Centre in the UK and Belinda Reyers, a Chief Scientist at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) in South Africa.
News | The Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS) is organizing a 1-day science and career development workshop before the start of the Davos Atmosphere and Cryosphere Assembly (DACA-13), in Davos Switzerland July 7, 2013. Sign up here.
News | The cover story in this issue explores the phenomenon of land grabs by taking a closer look at the Southeast Asian nation of Laos. Also featured are articles on resilience in the face of sea-level rise, air pollution in large urban agglomerations and communication between various research communities.Download articles here.
News | NASA's Jack Kaye will chair the first webinar to discuss the new Future Earth initiative with North American academics. The consultation, on 2 May, will pave the way for North American participation in Future Earth and is intended to provide inputs to the governing bodies of Future Earth.
News | German academics have formed a national committee for Future Earth, launched by national funding agencies in the country. The “German Committee Future Earth” succeeds the German National Committee on Global Change Research.
News | In the wake of last week’s meetings at the UN on the definition of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a group of international scientists have published a call in the journal Nature (21 March 2013) arguing for a set of six SDGs that link poverty eradication to protection of Earth’s life support. The researchers suggest that in the face of increasing pressure on the planet’s ability to support life, adherence to out-dated definitions of sustainable development threaten to reverse progress made in developing countries over past decades.
News | The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is seeking expert reviewers for Working Groups two and three of the Fifth Assessment Report. The Working Group 2 second order draft review runs 28 March - 24 May. The Working Group 3 second order draft review runs 25 February - 22 April.
News | An international workshop to be held in India (Pune 1-3 May 2013) will discuss latest research in atmospheric chemistry, the Asian Monsoon, climate change and health impacts of air pollution. The workshop includes talks by eminent keynote speakers, oral presentations by selected young researchers and poster sessions along with interaction between expert speakers and budding scientists.
News | Future Earth is looking for an Interim Director. If you think you have what it takes to establish a major international research programme on Earth system research for global sustainability, apply by February 15th. For more information about this post, see the ICSU website:
News | In its annual analysis of global carbon emissions from fossil fuel combustion published in the journal Nature Climate Change, the Global Carbon Project (GCP) finds that unprecedented global mitigation is required to avoid dangerous climate change.
News | Several international sceintific organisations have come together to organise a networking conference in April 2013 in Villa Vigoni at Lake Como in Italy. Young scientists working on integrated science on food systems are invited to submit proposals. Applications close December 14.
News | Future Earth will be the topic of discussion at an interactive Town Hall event at the AGU Fall Meeting (San Francisco, 3-7 December 2012). The event will be held on 6 December, 12:30 to 13:30 at Moscone West (2005). More information: http://www.icsu.org/future-earth/whats-new/events/agu-town-hall
News | The Second Australian Earth System Outlook Conference, "Ticking time bombs in the Earth system", will explore a small selection of globally significant “ticking time bombs” which pose risks of unmanageable undesirable change unless anticipatory actions are taken that fall well outside the corrective capacity of the invisible hand of economic market forces.
News | The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences has announced two new academic positions (Academy Researchers). The first vacancy is for a scholar with a documented background in economics. The second is for a scholar with a documented background in research on social-ecological interactions. The positions will be part of the Family Erling Persson’s Academy Program on The Ecological Economics of Global Change, lead by Professor Carl Folke. DEADLINE 30 November. More information.
News | The Millennium Development Goals, which end in 2015, look set to morph into Sustainable Development Goals, following the UN's Rio+20 Summit in June. A consultation has been announced to contribute to the goals for a more environmentally sustainable future. Call for papers.
News | IGBP's server will be temporarily unavailable on Friday 16th and Saturday 17th November for essential maintenance. In this time staff will have no access to emails and response times to requests may be slower than usual. Service will be resumed by Monday 19th. We thank you in advance for your patience.
News | The team responsible for the initial design of the new Future Earth initiative met in Paris on 20-21 September to agree on the broad outlines of recommendations for the research framework, governance, stakeholder engagement and communications strategy. In the wake of Rio+20, the Team also agreed on the importance of strategically positioning Future Earth in the science-policy landscape, as a key science provider for the definition of Sustainable Development Goals.
News | The Global Carbon Project (GCP) is seeking a highly motivated and independent person as ExecutiveDirector of International Project Office (IPO) in Tsukuba, Japan, located at the Center for Global Environmental Research of the National Institute for Environmental Studies (NIES). Deadline for applications: 19 November 2012. More information, download job description.
News | The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is inviting experts to participate as Expert Reviewers in the Working Group One Assessment Report 5 (Climate Change the Physical Basis) to be published in 2013. The draft document will be available for review until 30 November. Register here.
News | The deadline for abstract submission for the international conference Water in the Anthropocene, sponsored by the Global Water System Project is 31 October 2012 . The focus of the conference is the global dimensions of water system changes due to anthropogenic as well as natural influences. The conference will be held in Bonn, Germany, 21-23 May 2013. Click here for the conference webpage.
News | Worldwide, there are now 23 cities with populations in excess of 10 million - known as megacities. With this number set to increase in the coming decades, particularly in developing countries, a new report analyses the impact of both megacities and rapid urbanisation on climate and air quality.
News | The Global Land Project (GLP), co-sponsored by IGBP and the International Human Dimensions Programme, has relaunched its website. The new website features more news and events. You can also now follow GLP on Facebook.
News | This issue highlights various aspects of Arctic climate change, including sea ice and methane. We also look at a new tool for analysing complex global challenges, the path ahead for the Earth-system science community and the aftermath of Rio+20.
News | Scientists are using “natural laboratories” -- seafloor vents that release millions of streams of small bubbles of carbon dioxide - to study how ocean acidification may affect the future of coral reefs and other marine ecosystems as global carbon dioxide emissions rise.
News | Over 500 scientists from 37 countries have descended on Monterey, Calif., Sept. 24-27, to present the latest science related to ocean acidification, the result of the oceans absorbing excess carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.
News | Highlights from the 2011 IGBP annual report include the global carbon budget, the behaviour of complex cloud-aerosol-precipitation systems, past ice-sheet dynamics and sea-level changes, the Planet Under Pressure conference and national-committee activities.
News | On 4 September, economist Jeffrey Sachs, director of the Earth Institute, Columbia University, New York will give a seminar in Stockholm on the Sustainable Development Goals. The seminar, part of the Stockholm Seminar series sponsored by IGBP, will be streamed live.
News | The future of marine biogeochemistry, ecosystems and societies.Multi-dimensional approaches to the challenges of global change in continental margins and open ocean systems Only 120 participants will be accepted for this interdisciplinary symposium.Register and submit an abstract for one of the following three workshops:Biogeochemistry-ecosystem interactions on changing continental marginsCo-conveners:Kay-Christian Emeis, Lisa Levin, Kon-Kee Liu, Wajih Naqvi, Mike RomanKeynote speakers:Denise Breitburg (Smithsonian Environmental Research Center)Curtis Deutsch (Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Science, UCLA) The impact of anthropogenic perturbations on open ocean carbon sequestration via the dissolved and particulate phases of the biological carbon pumpCo-conveners:Nianzhi Jiao, Farooq Azam, Carol Robinson, Helmuth ThomasKeynote speaker:Farooq Azam (Scripps Institution of Oceanography) Understanding and forecasting human-ocean-human interactions, drivers and pressures, with respect to global changeCo-conveners:Alida Bundy, Ratana Chuenpagdee, Liana McManus, Sarah Cooley, Marie Badjeck, Bernhard GlaeserKeynote speaker:John Kurien (retired - Centre for Development Studies)
News | For those scouring Earth for evidence we have entered a new geological epoch – the Anthropocene – look no further than between the covers of IGBP’s iconic first synthesis, Global Change and the Earth System: a Planet under Pressure (Steffen et al. 2004). For the first time, this meticulous and detailed tome is available to download freely.
News | The United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) opened with a visually spectacular animated film on the state of the planet. The film, which followed the opening remarks by the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, encapsulates 20 years of IGBP research and was produced by IGBP and Globaïa. It is part of the website, Anthropocene.info, which is co-sponsored by IGBP and several partners.
News | The first educational website about the Anthropocene has been launched. The beta version of the site, Welcome to the Anthropocence, went live during the recent Planet Under Pressure conference in London. The site, linked directly to Google Earth and containing new data visualizations, is designed to provide a dazzling overview of the colossal scale of humanity's footprint across the planet.
News | Economics Nobel Laureate Elinor Ostrom (78) has died (12 June) after a short battle with cancer. Ostrom’s life-long research on managing common resources challenged established wisdom about the so-called “tragedy of the commons”, and led to her Nobel award in 2009. She was the first woman to receive the economics honour.
News | An international group of funding agencies has announced an "International Opportunities Fund" worth 20 million Euros for international research projects focusing on coastal vulnerability and freshwater security.
News | The oceans may be acidifying faster today than they did in the last 300 million years, according to researchers in the journal Science. The results are based on a workshop from IGBP's Past Global Changes programme.
News | The Integrated Marine Biogeochemistry and Ecosystem Research (IMBER) is seeking an Executive Officer (EO)/Senior Scientist. The position is temporary for 3 years with possible reappointment for 2 more years. Deadline for applications: 11 March 2012
News | Should research efforts focus on single large-scale geoengineering schemes? Or instead, should efforts go on understanding how a combination of smaller geoengineering schemes could mitigate warming? Mark Stafford Smith and Lynn Russell argue the latter in Carbon Management today.
News | The Planet Under Pressure management team is extending the oral presenters registration deadline to Friday 9th December and poster author registration deadline to the 20th January 2012. This is in response to feedback from some delegates who require more time to identify funding opportunities.
News | Sustainability remains suspiciously absent from the United Nations Human Development Index. Chuluun Togtokh, vice chair of the Mongolian IGBP Global Change National Committee argues in the journal Nature that this must stop.
News | The Asia Pacific Netwrok (APN) has published a new synthesis report — Climate in Asia and the Pacific: A Synthesis of APN Activities — to contribute to policy development relating to climate vulnerability and impacts, including adaptation and mitigation.
News | How do scientist reconstruct past climate conditions on Earth? One way of doing this is by culturing living planktonic Foraminifera and analyzing their shell composition under present day conditions in the world oceans. A new short film on the importance of plankton for climate research has just been released. Watch it here.
News | Abstracts were submitted by 6831 authors. 40% of abstracts (2738 were submitted from developing countries. The reach of the conference is truly global - 139 countries are represented (65% are developing countries).
News | Over 130 governments and leading international organizations are working to establish a Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS) by the year 2015. The Global Earth Observation (GEO) Carbon Community of Practice is developing a plan for implementing an Integrated Global Carbon Observation System. The Earth Observation Carbon Strategy published recently outlines the vision and progress to date towards such a system.
News | The world's established forests remove 2.4 billion tonnes of carbon per year from the atmosphere – equivalent to one third of current annual fossil fuel emissions – according to new research from the Global Carbon Project published in the journal Science.
News | The Scientific Committee on Oceanic Research, the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme and the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO announce the "Third Symposium on the Ocean in a High-CO2 World", 24-27 September 2012, Monterey, California, USA.
News | A new study of how storms are generated could improve rainfall prediction in dry regions of Africa, where drought and short growing seasons are common.Scientists from the African Monsoon Multidisciplinary Analysis (co-sponsored by IGBP) used satellite observations of the Sahel region of West Africa to demonstrate that brief changes in soil moisture can affect storm generation. The results are published online in Nature Geoscience.
News | IGBP Chair elect, James Syvitski and former IGBP director Will Steffen took part in a one-day conference in London (11 May) to discuss whether planet Earth has now entered a new geological epoch, the Anthropocene.
News | The 2010 IGBP annual report is now available. It highlights, among other things, a recently constructed record of South American palaeoclimate, forest and grassland response to European heat waves, a review on marine food webs, and sources of Arctic pollutants.
News | Taking place 8-15 September, 2011, in Yantai, China, the Young LOICZ Forum (YLF) is a combination of conference sessions and targeted activities for early-career scientists and young coastal managers, including training workshops and practical exercises.
News | IGBP is holding a symposium on the ecosystem impacts of geoengineering on 31 January, 8:30am-8:30pm, at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, California. The symposium can be watched live online.
News | The symposium will be held in Amsterdam in The Netherlands and will address both the role of non-CO2 greenhouse gases and aerosol in human-induced climate forcing and options for reduction in industry and society.
News | In this week's Nature, IGBP director Sybil Seitzinger discusses the Planet Under Pressure conference in 2012, the need for politicians to view Earth as a complex system and the idea of a planetary ecologist.
News | IGBP's sponsor the International Council for Science (ICSU) is developing an ambitious ten-year global sustainability research programme. Driving this programme are five grand challenges. IGBP is updating its vision in line with these new priorities.
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...