• 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 .

Ocean fertilization - a scientific summary for policy makers

Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission and UNESCO (2011)
Wallace D, Law C, Boyd P, Collos Y, Croot P, Denman K, Lam P, Riebesell U, Takeda S and Williams P

This report was commissioned by the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC), which is part of UNESCO. It was prepared with the assistance of the Surface Ocean Lower Atmosphere Study (SOLAS), an international programme that focuses research effort on air-sea interactions and processes, sponsored by the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme (IGBP), the Scientific Committee on Oceanic Research (SCOR), the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP) and the International Commission on Atmospheric Chemistry and Global Pollution (ICACGP). The drafting of this report benefitted from advice by the secretariat of the International Maritime Organization (IMO); discussions by the 2009 Intersessional Technical Working Group on Ocean Fertilization of the London Convention/London Protocol (LC/LP), in which IOC participated; and IOC Member States’ comments, including those made at the 43rd session of the IOC Executive Council.

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