• 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: May 5, 2014

Global Change magazine now out

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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.

The magazine is available here.


Dynamic deltas (pdf, 270.7 kB) Human activities are causing many deltas to sink faster than global sea level is rising.


Coastal megacities: risks and opportunities (pdf, 441.6 kB) The dynamic interactions between large urban agglomerations and coastal zones demand innovative policy and research agendas.


From clouds to carbon: (pdf, 1.6 MB)land-atmosphere interactions in the spotlight (pdf, 1.6 MB) A snapshot of cutting-edge research on land-atmosphere interactions.


Sustainable Development Goals: (pdf, 595 kB) improving human and planetary wellbeing (pdf, 595 kB) Momentum is building towards the development of universally applicable sustainable development goals.


Inforgraphic special

Deltas at risk (pdf, 801.5 kB)


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