International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme (IGBP)

Programme international sur la géosphère et la biosphère - Une étude de l'évolution à l'échelle mondiale (PIGB)

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1986, by the International Council for Science (ICSU) General Assembly. Implemented 1987. Ceased to exist, end 2015, with activities partly taken over by Future Earth.


Study the interactions between biological, chemical and physical processes and human systems; collaborate with other programmes to develop and impart the understanding necessary to respond to global change.

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'Core Projects':

 • Analysis, Integration and Modelling of the Earth System (AIMES);

 • Global Land Project;

 • International Global Atmospheric Chemistry Project (IGAC);

 • Integrated Land Ecosystem-Atmosphere Processes Study (ILEAPS);

 • Integrated Marine Biogeochemistry and Ecosystem Research (IMBER);

 • Future Earth Coasts;

 • Past Global Changes (PAGES);

 • Surface Ocean-Lower Atmosphere Study (SOLAS).

'Fast Track Initiatives' Earth System Science Partnership (ESSP), set up in 2001 with WCRP, IGDP and DIVERSITAS. 'Integrated Regional Studies (IRS)', currently under development, contribute to scientific understanding in support of sustainable development at the local level. First study:

 • 'Monsoon Asia Integrated Study (MAIRS)'.

Regional networks implementing IGBP:

 • Asia-Pacific Network for Global Change Research (APN);

 • Inter-American Institute for Global Change Research (IAI).


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Relations with Inter-Governmental Organizations

Relations with 16 inter-governmental organizations.
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Relations with Non-Governmental Organizations

Relations with 6 non-governmental organizations.
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Members in 74 countries
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Subjects *

  • Geology
    • Geology
  • Geography
    • Ecology

UN Sustainable Development Goals **

GOAL 15: Life on Land



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