• 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 .

National Committees

IGBP's network of national committees stretched throughout Africa, Asia, North and South America, Europe, the Middle East and Oceania. The network brought together scientists from the developing world with scientists in the developed world.


  • 75+ National Committees
  • European Alliance of national committees
  • African alliance of national committees (AFRICANESS)

European Alliance

IGBP VisionPDF (pdf, 207.4 kB)
IGBP ConstitutionPDF (pdf, 96.1 kB)

IGBP had a powerful network of 75+ national committees covering the developing and the developed world. Some of these national committees represented IGBP, others were global-change national committees representing IGBP and other international global-change programmes.

National committees:

  • helped national coordination of relevant studies
  • created links between national and international global-change research
  • assisted funding strategies to support IGBP's research
  • connected developing-world scientists with researchers in the developed world

List of national committees

Contact Future Earth for a list of IGBP National Committees that are now established Future Earth National Committees.

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IGBP closed at the end of 2015. This website is no longer updated.

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