• From clouds to carbon:
    land-atmosphere interactions
    in the spotlight

    Understanding the interface between the land and the atmosphere has been an important component of IGBP’s research. Here we highlight three recent contributions that resulted from research sponsored by the Integrated Land Ecosystem–Atmosphere Processes Study (iLEAPS).

  • Coastal megacities:
    risks and opportunities

    Every year, more and more people are flocking to live near the sea’s edge, often congregating in massive cities. Sophie Blackburn and Mark Pelling explore what happens when urban and coastal zones collide.

July 3, 2014
The secretariat for the new ten-year research initiative Future Earth has been announced. Future Earth's  secretariat will span three continents with five global hubs in Montreal, Paris, Tokyo, Stockholm and Boulder, Colorado (U.S.)
June 26, 2014
Following IGBP's first landmark synthesis published in 2004 Global Change and the Earth System: a planet under pressure (Springer), we are embarking on our second synthesis scheduled for completion in 2015. The synthesis will bring together the key Earth-system research findings in the last decade from across our projects to build on the foundations of concepts such as the Anthropocene and planetary stewardship.
June 25, 2014
IGBP's latest annual report has just been published. The report highlights research from across IGBP's nine projects including palaeoclimate, marine science, land-use change and atmospheric chemistry.
May 23, 2014
In 2010-2011, exceptional rainfall lashed Australia creating a flood disaster zone the size of France, Germany and Italy combined. The additional vegetation resulting from the rainfall turned Australia into a giant carbon sink soaking up 4 billion tons of carbon in 2011 – the equivalent of more than 40% of emissions from burning fossil fuels that year - according to researchers for the Global Carbon Project in Nature .
May 12, 2014
A major new £20m research programme Future Climate for Africa (FCFA), funded by the UK's aid agency DFID and environmental funding agency NERC, has announced two calls for proposal relating to climate variability and global climate models for Africa.
May 8, 2014
The European Space Agency (ESA) has issued a call for research proposals under its Living Planet Fellowship initiative. The deadline for applications is 30 June 2014.
May 5, 2014
The latest issue of the Global Change magzine is now published. It features a full-spread infographic on deltas accompanied by a Q&A with IGBP Chair James Syvitski. You can also read about the latest news on Future Earth, coastal megacities, the progress in crystallising the Sustainable Development Goals and recent developments in land-atmosphere research.
May 5, 2014
The new Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) is seeking experts to scope regional and sub-regional assessments and an assessment of land degradation and restoration. Deadline for applications 24 May.
April 3, 2014
The International Social Science Council has launched a new funding programme, Transformations to Sustainability, offering 30 seed-funding grants of up to €30,000 and three grants of €300,000 a year for three years to create international " Transformative Knowledge Networks ".
April 3, 2014
IGBP's 29th Scientific Committee meeting begins in Bangalore, India, 7 April with a symposium: Geosphere-Biosphere interactions in a Future Earth. Programme .
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  • Aug 4 - Aug 9, 2014

    IMBER ClimEco4 Summer School

    IMBER focuses on the interactions and linkages between biogeochemical cycles and food webs, including humans, with the aim of improving the predictive capacity for marine ecosystems increasingly affected by global change. As the marine environment is very complex, particularly in the context of global change, indicators are often used to provide a practical and economical way to track the state of ecosystems. This fourth IMBER summer school, ClimEco4, will continue IMBER’s focus on fostering research at the interface of natural and human systems. It will be structured around lectures and activities that focus on indices of climate change, climate impacts, and ecosystem services, and how these are linked to indices for socio-economic and policy information in relation to climate-ecosystem interactions.
  • Sep 24 - Sep 26, 2014

    Deltas in Times of Climate Change II

  • Global Change Magazine No. 82

    This issue features a full-spread infographic on deltas at risk, accompanied by a Q&A with IGBP Chair James Syvitski. You can also read about coastal megacities, the progress in crystallising the Sust...

  • Global Change Magazine No. 81

    This issue’s cover story puts 2000 years of regional temperature histories into perspective. Also featured: two full-spread maps visualising the PAGES 2k regional temperature records and ocean acidifi...