• 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.

September 21, 2014
China’s fossil-fuel emissions now exceed Europe and US emissions combined according to the latest global carbon budget released by IGBP's Global Carbon Project. Scientists say carbon dioxided emissions in 2014 are set to reach new 40-billion-tonne record high. The remaining carbon dioxide emission ‘quota’ may be used up in 30 years.
September 12, 2014
The Global Carbon Project (GCP) announced recently two new co-chairs, Nebojsa Nakicenovic from the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) in Vienna and Rob Kackson from Duke University in North Carolina.
August 25, 2014
New open-access paper published in the journal Global Environmental Change, " Safe and just operating spaces for regional and social-ecological systems " based on IGBP workshop.
August 19, 2014
The Surface Ocean-Lower Atmosphere Study (SOLAS) has announced a call for nominations to its scientific committee. The deadline for applications is 22 September 2014.
August 12, 2014
The new Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiveristy and Ecoystems Services (IPBES) is accepting nominations for its "Multidisciplinary Expert Panel (MEP)". Deadline 15 August.
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.
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    A strategy for global environmental change research in Africa. Published 2008.

  • 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...