• 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 .

Cultural uses and impacts of fire: past, present, and future

Eos Transactions (2008)
Magi B, Coughlan J, Edwards A, Hurteau M, Petty A, Seijo F and Wiedimyer C
Doi: 10.1029/2008EO400009
Vol 89; Issue 40; pp. 380

Fire is a global phenomenon transcending social, economic, and political boundaries. Effective decision making regarding fire policies requires integrating knowledge of human, ecological, and climatic components of fire research over a range of spatial and temporal scales.

The Analysis, Integration and Modeling of the Earth System (AIMES) fourth Young Scholar's Network workshop brought together early-career researchers representing anthropology, archaeology, atmospheric science, climate modeling, ecology, fire management, geography, paleoclimate, political science, and remote sensing. Goals of the workshop were to explore the drivers, impacts, and feedbacks of human use of fires and to contextualize the management of fires.

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