• 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 .

Australasian climate over the last 2,000 years: The PAGES Aus2k Synthesis

Journal of Climate (2014)
Lorrey A (ed)

Special Collections


Australasia is unique because it lies at the junction of several oceanic and atmospheric components of Earth’s climate system. However, the lack of detailed paleoclimate reconstructions from the Southern Hemisphere limits our understanding of past global climate dynamics. This special collection helps to address this key issue by showcasing the recent findings of the PAGES AUS2K research group, which is a consortium of researchers who are investigating modern climate and paleoclimate of Australasia. AUS2k is part of the PAGES (Past Global Changes) international initiative that is supported by the International Geosphere-Biosphere Program. 
The PAGES AUS2k special collection contains state-of-the-art past climate reconstructions (quantitative, qualitative, and modeling approaches) with a focus on the last 2000 years, in addition to analyses that have been undertaken on modern extreme events (like tropical cyclones) and teleconnections for Australasia regional climate drivers. Linkages between these results and regional, hemispheric, and global climate phenomenon (such as the El Nino-Southern Oscillation) are showcased along with integrations of some paleoclimate reconstructions with model simulation results. We anticipate that this research will help to fill a major knowledge gap for the region, and greatly improve the prospects of harnessing past climate information to generate robust future climate simulations. Overall, the uniqueness and breadth of the AUS2K paleoclimate research project will demonstrate past analogues are a useful baseline for future changes that are possible.

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