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Published: April 24, 2013

North American Future Earth consultation announced

Details of the webinar:

Date: Thursday, 2 May 2013

Time: 13:00 hours Eastern Daylight Time

Registration is required.
Please register here

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NASA's Jack Kaye will chair the first webinar to discuss the new Future Earth initiative with North American academics. The consultation, on 2 May, will pave the way for North American participation in Future Earth and is intended to provide inputs to the governing bodies of Future Earth.
After many years of work to improve our understanding of the Earth system and human impacts on it, international cooperation on global change is entering a dynamic new phase. All regions of the world are moving to collaborate on initiatives that will advance understanding of the Earth system in the context of societal needs and a sustainable global future. The global change research programs (IGBP, IHDP, and DIVERSITAS¹) under the aegis of the International Council for Science (ICSU) will be merging under the Future Earth Initiative. The evolution of this new phase should be of interest to North American global change researchers, and several global change-related entities in the U.S. and Canada² would like to offer an opportunity for North American scientists to be better informed about this evolution.

North American academics are invited to participate in the first of a series of webinars designed specifically for scientists to become familiar with Future Earth and its potential implications for Earth System Science research. The consultation is being undertaken on behalf of ICSU, and its partners in the Science and Technology Alliance for Global Sustainability³. This one-hour event on May 2 will provide information on planning to date and allow input in the North American context. The second webinar in the series will take place on May 30.

The objectives of the webinar are to:
  • Introduce the Future Earth programme to partners and stakeholders
  • Discuss the implications for the transition to Future Earth on the current and future global change research community in North America

Jack Kaye (NASA) will chair the webinar. Speakers include:

  • James Syvitski, University of Colorado
  • Diana Liverman, University of Arizona
  • Peter Liss, University of East Anglia
The consultation will pave the way for the transition to North American participation in Future Earth and is intended to provide inputs to the governing bodies of Future Earth (including the Science Committee, Interim Secretariat, and Interim Director) as they begin to implement the Initiative.

Please share this invitation with those whom you feel would benefit from participating in this consultation. If you or others are unable to participate but wish to provide your input, please visit: http://sites.nationalacademies.org/PGA/biso/futureearth/index.htm.
The webinars will be recorded and archived and linked with the site above.

For addition background information on the initiative, on its goals and evolution, please visit: www.icsu.org/future-earth.

For additional information on the North American Consultation for Future Earth, please visit: http://sites.nationalacademies.org/PGA/biso/futureearth/index.htm

Please contact David Allen (U.S. Global Change Research Program)
with any questions.  
Email: dallen@usgcrp.gov
Tel: +1 (202) 419-3486


¹ International Geosphere-Biosphere Program, International Human Dimensions Program, DIVERSITAS
Future Earth will be the successor to the Earth System Science Partnership with active engagement of the climate science community through the World Climate Research Program .

² The organizing committee included representatives of the following organizations: Canadian Climate Forum (Canada), Climate Institute (United States), International Council for Science, National Academy of Sciences (United States), National Aeronautics and Space Administration (United States), National Science Foundation (United States), Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (Canada), U.S. Global Change Research Program (United States), and Western University (Canada) http://sites.nationalacademies.org/PGA/biso/futureearth/PGA_082662

³ International Social Science Council, The Belmont Forum, United Nations University, United Nations Environment Program, United Nations Education, Science and Culture Organization, and the World Meteorological Organization as an observer.

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