• 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 .

Don't put all eggs in one (geoengineered) basket

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Should research efforts focus on single large-scale geoengineering schemes? Or instead, should efforts go on understanding how a combination of smaller geoengineering schemes could mitigate warming? Mark Stafford Smith and Lynn Russell argue the latter in Carbon Management today.
Geoengineering - technological climate fixes such as injecting small particles into the upper atmosphere to deflect heat.

A resilience view on reframing geoengineering research and implementation
Geoengineering - could we? Should we?

Conceptualising geoengineering as one or two large-scale global schemes requiring massive deployment is wrongheaded argue scientists in the journal Carbon Management.

"The debate should be reframed around a preferable and more likely policy goal of deploying a carefully designed suite of smaller scale solutions," say the authors, Mark Stafford Smith, former IGBP vice chair and director of climate adaptation CSIRO in Australia and Lynn Russell, former IGBP scientific committee and academic at Scripps Institution of Oceanography.

The authors say this will require a very different approach to the type of research required to help policymakers, "research that is not currently being undertaken".

"If the scientific community does not reorient these activities, it will not be ready to assist policy decisions when, and if, they become necessary."

This research is linked to the IGBP synthesis on geoengineering.

A resilience view on reframing geoengineering research and implementation
Carbon Management
February 2012, Vol. 3, No. 1, Pages 23-25 , DOI 10.4155/cmt.11.71

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