Invitation to a North American consultation for Future Earth Print E-mail
Future Earth

May 21, 2013

After many years of work to improve our understanding of the Earth system and human impacts on it, international cooperation on global change is entering a dynamic new phase. All regions of the world are moving to collaborate on initiatives that will advance understanding of the Earth system in the context of societal needs and a sustainable global future.

The global change research programs (IGBP, IHDP, and DIVERSITAS) under the aegis of the International Council for Science (ICSU) will be merging under the Future Earth Initiative. The evolution of this new phase should be of interest to North American global change researchers, and several global change-related entities in the U.S. and Canada would like to offer an opportunity for North American scientists to be better informed about this evolution.

You are invited to participate in the first of a series of webinars designed specifically for North American scientists to become familiar with Future Earth and its potential implications for Earth System Science research. The consultation is being undertaken on behalf of ICSU, and its partners in the Science and Technology Alliance for Global Sustainability. 

When: May 30, 2013 - 1:00-3:00 pm EDT

Objective: To introduce the Future Earth programme to partners and stakeholders and discuss the implications for the transition to Future Earth on the current and future global change research community in North America. 


Future Earth Transition Team Executive Summary

  • Kevin Noone (Director, Swedish Secretariat for Environmental Earth System Science, Vice Chair, International Group of Funding Agencies for Global Change Research - IGFA)
  • Jack Kaye (NASA)
  • Bradley Cardinale (University of Michigan)
  • Ghassem Asrar (WCRP, WMO)
  • Roberto Sanchez (University of California, Riverside, El Colegio de la Frontera Norte, Mexico)
  • Thomas Pedersen (Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions)

Registration is required. Please register here. You are also welcome to join the webinar live at the National Science Foundation in the National Science Board Board Room (please contact David Allen ( and Maria Uhle if you wish to do this). 

The consultation will pave the way for the transition to North American participation in FutureEarth and is intended to provide inputs to the governing bodies of Future Earth (including the Science Committee, Interim Secretariat, and Interim Director) as they begin to implement the Initiative.

 Please share this invitation with those whom you feel would benefit from participating in this consultation. If you or others are unable to participate but wish to provide your input, please visit here. The webinars will be recorded and archived and linked with the site above. 

For additional information on the North American Consultation for Future Earth, please visit here. Please contact David Allen with any questions.  Email:; Tel: +1 (202) 419-3486.