• 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: October 7, 2010

IGBP's updated vision now available

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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.
Draft IGBP vision: IGBP's vision is to provide essential scientific leadership and knowledge of the Earth system to help guide society onto a sustainable pathway during rapid global change.

The full DRAFT vision is available to download here PDF (pdf, 207.4 kB)(Pdf). The IGBP vision web page is here. The visioning process is ongoing. A final draft will be available in 2011.

Please send any comments to IGBP's director of communications,
Owen Gaffney

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