• 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 .

European Climate Change Adaptation Conference 2013

March 18, 2013 - March 20, 2013
Hamburg, Germany
Ms Gerlinde Loebkens (loebkens@tutech.de)
TuTech Innovation GmbH
Harburger Schlossstrasse 6-12
21079 Hamburg
Tel: +49 40 76629-6551
Fax: +49 40 76629-6559


The European Climate Change Adaptation Conference 2013 will bring together scientists and practitioners working on adaptation to the impacts of climate change. The conference will create a European forum bringing together world-class science, with the aim of fostering a creative dialogue with climate adaptation policy makers and practitioners. The theme of the conference is integrating climate into action.

Even under the most optimistic greenhouse gas emission reduction scenario we are facing already a certain level of future climate change. The first impacts of climate change are now observable in Europe and internationally. These impacts create new risks and vulnerabilities, while also generating opportunities for some. But while the need to manage climate vulnerabilities and to adapt is now widely understood, questions about whether, how and when to adapt are often hard to answer. New knowledge from science and practice is critical to making judgements, choices and decisions in the context of uncertainties.

The conference is co-sponsored by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), the European Commission, the City of Hamburg and the University of Hamburg. The conference is an initiative of four EU research projects: RESPONSES, CLIMSAVE, MEDIATION and ClimateCost.

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