• 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.


March 23, 2011
China’s vast cities are hungry for energy. Shobhakar Dhakal discusses emissions with Owen Gaffney.
January 1, 2011
The United Nations has struggled to deliver on many environmental and developmental challenges. Time for new thinking, then, which is why UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has set up the Global Sustainability Panel. But how can science contribute? Owen Gaffney discusses the panel with Janos Pasztor .
October 31, 2010
In 2000, Nobel Laureate Paul Crutzen, IGBP Vice-chair at the time, and Eugene F. Stoermer proposed that humanity had driven the world into a new geological epoch. They named this epoch "the Anthropocene". The article below, which was published in IGBP's Global Change magazine (Newsletter 41) at the time, articulates the concept. In 2002, a related article was published in the journal Nature. In recent years, the concept has gained much attention within the scientific community and now more widely.
June 1, 2010
What is the best solution to tackling climate change? There is no panacea, and we have to experiment with multiple approaches, Elinor Ostrom tells Ninad Bondre.
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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...