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Whole earth catalog of research

The view of the earth from space impressed upon scientists how intertwined are the planet's oceans, atmosphere, continents and life. "Indeed, it has become increasingly evident that the most scientifically challenging and socially important problems facing the environmental sciences lie at the interfaces between these components," writes Herbert Friedman of the National Research Council (NRC) in Washington, D.C., in the foreword to a recent NRC report entitled "Global Change in the Geosphere-Biosphere: Initial Priorities for an IGBP."

IGBP is the International Geosphere-Biosphere Program, a plan conceived over the last three years for an international, interdisciplinary, global-scale study of the earth. While there have been other important international research efforts in the past, none has focused so extensively on crossing the traditional lines between scientific disciplines. "We think the need for action is so great as to warrant the mounting of a bold new program, and the issues so urgent and compelling that it must be started now," concludes the U.S. Committee for an IGBP, which met in 1984 to outline the most compelling problems -- such as the need for better documentation of the earth's climatic history and for better models of sea-air-land-sun dynamics -- that would benefit from the IGBP approach. The committee's recommendations are going to the International Council of Scientific Unions, which, according to the report, is considering implementing an IGBP.
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Title Annotation:International Geosphere-Biosphere Program
Publication:Science News
Date:Mar 8, 1986
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