• 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: September 1, 2011

Earth stewardship call for abstracts

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The deadline for abstracts for the IGBP special session Earth stewardship: Strategies and solutions for a rapidly changing planet at the Planet Under Pressure conference is 16 September.   

The overall theme of the session will be: strategies and solutions to abate the pressures on the Earth system.

This requires consideration of, for example:

  • interconnected systems of the planet (e.g., cities, resource chains)
  • interconnected issues (e.g., consumption, population, food, energy, water, ecosystems)
  • interactions and feedbacks between societies and ecosystems
  • conditions that motivate people to be stewards across a range of scales
  • role of private sector and cultural institutions in fostering stewardship

We encourage you to contribute to this session which will include groupings of short oral presentations alternating with audience discussion, and will introduce posters focusing on specific aspects or studies.  Our session is on Day 2: Options and Opportunities

While the selection of session contributions from submitted abstracts will primarily be based on their quality, we will also seek to ensure a wide geographic coverage.  

The Session Organizers:
Sybil Seitzinger
F. Stuart Chapin
Uno Svedin
Per Olsson
Carol Crumley


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