• 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 .

Global change and the challenges for agriculture and forestry

Journal of Agricultural Science (2000)
Awmack C S, Smith P and Pinter J R (eds)
Vol 135; pp. 199-201

An international conference, Food & Forestry: Global Change and Global Challenges was held recently in Reading UK to report on progress that has been made on understanding the impact of global change on crops, pastures, and rangelands, and on soils, agro-ecosystems, and forests. This conference was organized under the auspices of Global Change and Terrestrial Ecosystems or GCTE, which is a core project in the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme. The meeting brought together 250 researchers and policy makers from 40 different countries (including 11 scientists from the USDA, Agricultural Research Service) to review the current understanding of how global change affects production of food and fiber and to identify priorities for future research. This paper reviews and summarizes the Conference's major findings and is of interest to research workers, university teachers, and students concerned with man's impact on his environment.

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