• 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: April 11, 2006

Land-Use and Land-Cover Change (2006)

The book presents recent estimates of the rates in changes of major land classes such as forest, cropland and pasture. Among the causative mechanisms behind land change, synergetic factor combinations are found to be more common than single key factor explanations. Aggregated globally, multiple impacts of local land changes are shown to significantly affect central aspects of Earth System functioning. Innovative developments and applications in the fields of modeling and scenario construction are presented. Finally, conclusions are drawn about the most pressing implications for the design of appropriate intervention policies, and on new directions and frontiers of research.
More information:
Local Processes and Global Impacts

Series: Global Change - The IGBP Series (closed)

Lambin, Eric F.; Geist, Helmut J. (Eds.)

1st Edition. Softcover version of original hardcover edition 2006, 2006, XVIII, 222 p. 44 illus., 19 in color.

Hardcover, ISBN 978-3-540-32201-6
Softcover, ISBN 978-3-642-06882-9

Go to the Springer home page:
Land-Use and Land-Cover Change

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