• 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 .

Linking the historic 2011 Mississippi River flood to coastal wetland sedimentation

Nature Geoscience (2012)

Falcini F, Khan N S, Macelloni L, Horton B P, Lutken C B, McKee K L, Santoleri R, Colella S, Li C, Volpe G, D’Emidio M, Salusti A and Jerolmack D J

DOI: 10.1038/ngeo1615

Vol 5, Issue 11, pp 803-807


In spring 2011, a record-breaking flood necessitated diversion of water from the lower Mississippi River to the Atchafalaya River Basin. A comparison between the dynamics in the two basins based on field-calibrated satellite observations and in situ data suggests that river-mouth dynamics and wetland sedimentation are directly linked.

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