• 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 .

Earth System Science: An Integrated Approach

Environment (2001)
Steffen W, Tyson P, Jäger J, Matson P, Moore III B, Oldfield F, Richardson K, Schellnhuber J, Turner II B and Wasson B (eds)
ISSN: 00139157
Vol 43; Issue 8; pp. 21-27

For decades, the scientific community has widely discussed the idea that Earth's environment is an integrated global system, and major research findings have documented this as fact. A summary of these findings, including human influence on global environmental change and the need for a new system of science, has recently been published. Excerpts from the findings are presented.

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