• 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 .

Comparing structurally different climate models in a paleoenvironmental context

Eos Transactions, American Geophysical Union (2011)
Haywood A M, Ramstein G and Abe-Ouchi A
DOI: 10.1029/2011EO210005
Vol 92; Issue 21: pp. 180

Paleoclimate Modelling Intercomparison Project Phase 3 Workshop; Kyoto, Japan, 5–10 December 2010

The Paleoclimate Modelling Intercomparison Project (PMIP), endorsed by the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP), the Climate Variability and Predictability (CLIVAR) program, the Working Group on Coupled Modelling (WGCM), and the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme (IGBP) Past Global Changes (PAGES) project, represents a community of researchers who compare structurally different climate models in a paleoenvironmental context. At a workshop sponsored by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, the University of Tokyo, and the Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC), 100 representatives gathered to review progress toward the finalization of the PMIP Phase 3 (PMIP3) experimental design and simulations and to identify barriers that could be overcome to ensure that results are published in time to contribute to the next Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report. Participants included atmospheric scientists, oceanographers, and paleoclimatologists from the data and modeling communities.

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