Partners & Supporting Organisations
Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme (AMAP)
AMAP is an international organization established in 1991 to implement components of the Arctic Environmental Protection Strategy (AEPS).
Now a programme group of the Arctic Council, AMAP's current objective is "providing reliable and sufficient information on the status of, and threats to, the Arctic environment, and providing scientific advice on actions to be taken in order to support Arctic governments in their efforts to take remedial and preventive actions relating to contaminants".
International Permafrost Association (IPA)
The International Permafrost Association, founded in 1983, has as its objectives to foster the dissemination of knowledge concerning permafrost and to promote cooperation among persons and national or international organizations engaged in scientific investigation and engineering work on permafrost.
International Arctic Science Committee (IASC)
IASC, the International Arctic Science Committee, is a non-governmental organisation whose aim is to encourage and facilitate cooperation in all aspects of Arctic research, in all countries engaged in Arctic research and in all areas of the Arctic region.
Inter-American Institute of Global Change Research (IAI)
The IAI is an intergovernmental organization supported by 19 countries in the Americas dedicated to pursuing the principles of scientific excellence, international cooperation, and the open exchange of scientific information to increase the understanding of global change phenomena and their socio-economic implications.
Integrating biodiversity science for human well-being
By linking biology, ecology and social sciences, DIVERSITAS produces socially relevant new knowledge to support sustainable use of biodiversity.
WCRP improves climate predictions and our understanding of human influence on climate through observations & modelling of the Earth system and the policy-relevant assessment of climate conditions
AIMES is the Earth System synthesis and integration project of the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme (IGBP). It builds on the foundation of the Global Analysis, Integration and Modeling (GAIM) task force. The challenge for AIMES is to achieve a deeper and more quantitative understanding of the role of human perturbations to the Earth's biogeochemical cycles and their interactions with the coupled physical climate system.
The Asia-Pacific Network for Global Change Research (APN) is a network of member country governments (membership of 22 member countries as of December 2009) that promotes global change research in the region, increases developing country involvement in that research, and strengthens interactions between the science community and policy-makers.
Global Carbon Project
The scientific goal of the project is to develop a complete picture of the global carbon cycle, including both its biophysical and human dimensions together with the interactions and feedbacks between them.
The Global Water System Project builds on 25 years of scientific leadership, expertise and the information database of the four global environmental change programmes to create added value results for societal benefits.
The IAI is an intergovernmental organization supported by 19 countries in the Americas dedicated to pursuing the principles of scientific excellence, international cooperation, and the full and open exchange of scientific information to increase the understanding of global change phenomena and their socio-economic implications.
IMBER project goal: To investigate the sensitivity of marine biogeochemical cycles and ecosystems to global change, on time scales ranging from years to decades.
The International SOLAS (Surface Ocean - Lower Atmosphere Study) Project is an international research initiative comprising of over 1500 scientists in 23 countries. The SOLAS International Project Office (IPO) is based in Norwich in the United Kingdom, and the IPO coordinates and communicates with research teams all over the world. The projects primary objective is:
"To achieve quantitative understanding of the key biogeochemical-physical interactions and feedbacks between the ocean and atmosphere, and of how this coupled system affects and is affected by climate and environmental change."
The PAGES (Past Global Changes) project is an international effort to coordinate and promote past global change research. The primary objective is to improve our understanding of past changes in the Earth System in order to improve projections of future climate and environment, and inform strategies for sustainability.
The focus of GLP is largely "land-centric" which includes the people, biota, and natural resources (air, water, plants, animals, and soil). The strategy presented here critically emphasizes changes in the coupled human and environmental system.
MAIRS is a new international research organization. It has been inplemented by START, the START TEA-RC and Chinese donors. It collaborates with the Earth System Science Partnership Programs: IGBP, WCRP, IHDP and DIVERSITAS. Different from other monsoon research projects, MAIRS will not address the monsoon climate its self, but focus on human monsoon system interaction. It attempts to understand to what extent the human activities modulate the Asia monsoon climate and how the changed monsoon climate will impact further the social and economic development of Asia . MAIRS will also study to what extent societies can adapt to such impacts or mitigate them through regulating policies, law and institutions in order to achieve the sustainable development.
START is the global change SysTem for Analysis, Research and Training, a non-governmental research organization. We assist developing countries in building the expertise and knowledge needed to explore the drivers of and solutions to global and regional environmental change. Our goal is to reduce vulnerability through informed decision-making.
The Quantifying and Understanding the Earth System programme (QUEST) programme is assimilating scientists' knowledge of the Earth as an integrated system. It aims to substantially improve predictions of global environmental change.
To promote international cooperation and to coordinate programmes in research, services and capacity building, in order to learn more about the nature and resources of the ocean and coastal areas and to apply that knowledge for the improvement management, sustainable development and protection of the marine environment and the decision making process of its Member States.
Division of Early Warning and Assessment
To provide the world community with improved access to meaningful environmental data and information, and to help increase the capacity of governments to use environmental information for decision making and action planning for sustainable human development.