• 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 .

GCTE Activities in Japan

Global Environmental Research (1998)
Hirose T, Kohyama T and Oshima Y (eds)
Vol 1; Issue 1-2; pp. 19-24

GCTE-Japan proposed an international research project "Global Change Impacts on Terrestrial Ecosystems in Monsoon Asia" (TEMA) in 1992. TEMA aimed to predict the effects of elevated CO2 and climate change on the distribution and structure of forests in monsoon Asia and to determine the associated feedback effects to the global carbon cycle. It was accepted as a Core Research of GCTE to contribute four tasks (1.4.2, 2.1.1, 2.1.3, 2.2.1) of GCTE. Research sites were first established in a tropical forest (Mt. Kinabalu), warm-temperature forest (Yakushima Island), cool-temperature forest (Ogawa, Fukushima Pref.) with support of the Environmental Agency. The TEMA research area has now been expanded to include a northern forest in Hokkaido (Tomakomai) and the Lake Biwa watershed with support of the Ministry of Education, Science, Sports and Culture (IGBP-MESSC). IGBP-MESSC focuses on predicting responses of forests with freshwater ecosystems to global change and on flux measurements of CO2 and other greenhouse gases in these terrestrial ecosystems.

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