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Scientific structure of IGBP projectsThe UK IGBP National Committee is a working group of the Royal Society's Global Environmental Research Committee (GERC) with responsibility for UK contributions to and interests in the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme (IGBP). The Committee is Chaired by Professor Paul Monks.

IGBP is an international research programme formed in 1987 to study the phenomenon of global change; its vision is:

to provide scientific knowledge to improve the sustainability of the living Earth

IGBP studies the interactions between biological, chemical and physical processes and human systems, and collaborates with other programmes to develop and impart the understanding necessary to respond to global change. The research goals of IGBP are:

to analyse (i) the interactive physical, chemical and biological processes that define Earth System dynamics; (ii) the changes that are occurring in these dynamics; and (iii) the role of human activities in these changes.

The Committee meets twice a year and has up to 12 members selected from the UK science community to represent the interests of the different IGBP programme elements.