Organizations and Links

Unreservedly, without qualification, categorically and unequivocally every major national and international scientific council and academy has expressed concern about the anthropogenic changes to the planet that are causing climate change and irreparable damage to Earth’s fragile ecosystems. Visit the websites of  NOAA, NASA, ESSP, UK Met, and IPCC, add the Planet Under Pressure conference, read the State of the Planet Declaration that was crafted by Lidia Brito and Mark Stafford Smith. Follow it with the 2001 Amsterdam Declaration on Global Change, and then read the Potsdam Memorandum written by the Nobel Laureates who participated in the 2007 Global Sustainability — Nobel Cause Interdisciplinary Symposium in Potsdam, Germany. They state, “Humanity is standing at a moment in history when a Great Transformation is needed to respond to the immense threat to the Earth. … Nobel Laureates from all disciplines, high level representatives from politics and world-renowned experts have called for this transformation to begin immediately.”

Earth system scientists from each of the scientific organizations and research institutions presented here participated in the  ICSU/ISSC Open Visioning Forum which was held at UNESCO, Paris in June 2010.  The list provides insights into the systemic interest and the scope and scale of research which focuses on global change. The list also provides a place to start for you to dig deeper into the scientific work that is currently taking place.


Academia Sinica, Taiwan

Asia-Pacific Network for Global Change Research (APN), Japan

Atomic Energy and Alternative Energies Commission (CEA), France

Belgian Federal Science Policy Office (BELSPO), Belgium

British Council, Science and Society

British Geological Survey (BGS), UK

Census of Antarctic Marine Life (CAML), Brazil

Chinese Academy of Sciences, China

Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS), Denmark

Commission for Atmospheric Science (CAS), Switzerland

Copenhagen Centre for Atmospheric Research (CCAR), Denmark

Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), South Africa

David and Lucile Packard Foundation

Development Studies Institute (DESTIN), UK

Earth Institute, (Columbia University), USA

Earth System Science Partnership (ESSP)

Écologie, Systématique et Évolution (ESE), France

Environment Canada (EC), Canada

Environmental Change Institute (ECI), UK

Environmental Systems Analysis Group (ESA), Netherlands

European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF), UK

European Commission (EC), Environment Programme, Sustainable Development Unit, Belgium

European Science Foundation (ESF), France

Federal Department for Foreign Affairs (FDFA), Economic, Financial and Scientific Affairs, Switzerland

Fondation Maison des Sciences de l’Homme (FMSH), France

French Scientific Committee on Desertification (CSFD), France

German Research Foundation (DFG), Germany

Global Observing Systems Information Center (GOSIC)

Global Climate Observing System (GCOS), USA

Google Inc, Google Green.

Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction (ICLR), Canada

Institute of Earth Physics of Paris (IPGP), France

Institute of Economic Growth (IEG), India

Institute of Resource Assessment (IRA), Tanzania

Institute of Tibetan Plateau Research (ITP), China

Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC)

International Brain Research Organization (IBRO), France

International Center for Everybody’s Child (ICEC), USA – more Information

International Commission for Optics (ICO), Spain

International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)

International Council for Science (ICSU)

Integrated Research on Disaster Risk (IRDR)

Committee on Space Research (COSPAR)

Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR)

Committee on Scientific Planning and Review (CSPR)

Programme on Ecosystem Change and Society (PECS), France

International Geosphere – Biosphere Programme (IGBP), Sweden

International Group of Funding Agencies for Global Change Research (IGFA), USA

International Human Dimensions Programme on Global Environmental Change (IHDP), Germany

International Mathematical Union (IMU), Germany

International Network for Availability of Scientific Publications (INASP), UK

International Ocean Institute (IOI), Germany

International Programme of Biodiversity Science (DIVERSITAS), France

International Social Science Council (ISSC), France

International Union of Basic and Clinical Pharmacology (IUPHAR), Switzerland

International Union of Biological Sciences (IUBS), France

International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO), Austria

International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC), USA

International Union of Radio Science (URSI), Belgium

Krisoker Saar (Farmer’s Voice), Bangladesh

Leibniz Center for Tropical Marine Ecology (ZMT), Germany

Leuven Sustainable Earth Research Center (LSUE), Belgium

Meteorological Service of Canada (MSC), Environment Canada, Canada

Ministry for Ecology, Sustainable Development and the Sea (MEEDDM), France

National Aeronautic and Space Administration (NASA), USA

National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS), France

National Center for Space Studies (CNES), France

National Center of Biotechnology (CNB), Spain

National Council on Science and Technology (CONACYT), Mexico

National Institute for Earth Sciences and Astronomy (INSU), Section Ocean Atmosphere, France

National Institute for Space Research (INPE), Brazil

National Museum of Natural History (MNHN), France

National Research Centre (NRC), Egypt

National Science Foundation (NSF), USA

Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), UK

Policy Studies Institute (PSI), UK

Research Council of Norway (RCN), Norway

Research Institute for Nature and Forest (INBO), Belgium

Royal Society, UK

Scientific Committee on the Problems of the Environment (SCOPE), France

Society for Women Empowerment Education and Training (SWEET), Cameroon

Stockholm Resilience Centre / Stockholm Environment Institute, Sweden

Swedish Secretariat for Environmental Earth System Sciences (SSEESS), Sweden

UNESCO; Ocean Science Section, (UNESCO), France

United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), Food Security and Sustainable Development, Ethiopia

United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), France

United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), Kenya

Water and Climate Adaptation Initiatives, USA.

Conservation and Science Program, WWF

World Climate Research Programme (WCRP), USA

World Meteorological Organization (WMO), Atmospheric Research and Environment