• 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.com/J Zhang

Published: April 13, 2015

AGU Fall Meeting 2015: organise a session co-sponsored by IGBP

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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.

The International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme (IGBP) is planning a series of events at the 2015 American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Meeting in San Francisco to celebrate our legacy and mark our community's transition to Future Earth. We invite all our networks and partners to participate.


The events are designed to:

  • Present IGBP research including its second synthesis
  • Bring together IGBP’s projects, networks, partners and staff past and present


The IGBP community is strongly encouraged to submit session proposals by the 22 April deadline and select IGBP as a co-sponsor. Each session can have up to four convenors. A title of up to 300 characters and a description of up to 150 words is required. Further information about submitting sessions can be found here.


Planned events and activities (dates to be confirmed):

  • Union session (Great Debate format)
  • 2-3 integrated sessions
  • Several disciplinary sessions from IGBP core project communities
  • An early-career scientist event in collaboration with Future Earth
  • Booth
  • Evening reception recognising and celebrating the people and projects that made IGBP a success for three decades



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