• 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 .

Developing a systematic "science of the past" to create our future

Global Environmental Change (2010)
Cornell S, Costanza R, Sörlin S and van der Leeuw S E
DOI: 10.1016/j.gloenvcha.2010.01.005,
Vol 20; Issue 3: pp. 426-427

Over the last 50 years, the ‘‘great acceleration’’ in human development (Hibbard et al., 2007) has impacted our social systems, ecosystems and climate in unprecedented ways, simultaneously escalating and exposing the global interconnectivity of humans and the rest of nature. In academia, researchers have observed, documented and debated dimensions of these changes— but largely within their own disciplines. We now face a profound failure of knowledge: most people are unaware of their most basic ecological dependencies. As we look ahead and consider what continuing on this pathway would mean for life as we know it, the limitations of our knowledge systems are becoming uncomfortably evident. Yet meeting the challenge of providing a new integrative understanding means we need to do unfamiliar and even uncomfortable things.

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