• 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 21, 2013

Latest issue of Global Change magazine

October 2013
Global Change MagazinePDF (pdf, 7.7 MB)

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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.

Read more on how humans have used the planet across the Anthropocene, perhaps much longer than previously thought. Dig down into the details of the rise and collapse of the Maya, and how modelling might show modern societies the pitfalls and possible solutions to growth. And consider the big picture for Earth-system science with the next incarnation of AIMES, ocean governance challenges, what soils have to say about heat waves, and interdisciplinary research. Also catch a preview of the summary for policymakers on ocean acidification in a two-page infographic illustrating the main areas of predicted change.​

Feature articles in this issue include:

  • A regional view of global climate change
  • Ocean acidification
  • PAGES 2k regional temperature reconstructions
  • AIMES 2.0: towards a global Earth-system science
  • How soils send messages on heat waves
  • Ocean governance in the Anthropocene
  • Lessons from a simulated civilisation
  • Using the planet
  • Leaping over disciplinary shadows

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