- Steering committee
IGU Commission on Geography of Future Earth: Coupled Human Earth Systems for Sustainability (IGU-GFE)has been formally established in October 2017. IGU-GFE will initially focus on human-land systems and its interfaces with the coast, the ocean and the atmosphere. It aims to promote wider analysis and innovative thinking about global land sustainability through the bridging and synthesis of physical geography, human geography, ecology, hydrology, atmospheric, climate and social sciences. It will provide a platform for communication among geographers globally with the aim of promoting research and innovation in relation to sustainability. The steering committee structure of IGU-GFE is as follows.
Dr. Prof. Bojie Fu
Dean and Distinguished Professor of Faculty of Geographical Science, Beijing Normal University.
Distinguished Professor of Research Center for Eco-Environmental Sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences
Address: No. 19, XinJieKouWai St., Hai Dian District, Beijing 100875, P. R. China
Email: email@example.com; Phone: +86 10 62923557
Dr. Prof. Mark Stafford Smith
Chief Coordinating Scientist in Institute of Land and Water, CSIRO, Australia; Chair of Science Committee, Future Earth
Address: GPO BOX 1700 Canberra Act 2601 Australia
Dr. Prof. Hanqin Tian
Director of International Center for Climate and Global Change Research; Solon and Martha Dixon Professor at Auburn University.
Address: SFWS Building, 602 Duncan Drive Auburn, AL 36849-5418, USA
Dr. Prof. Peter Verburg
Institute for Environmental Studies, Faculty of Science
VU University Amsterdam, Netherlands
Dr. Prof. Soroosh Sorooshian
Director of Center for Hydro-meteorology and Remote Sensing;
University of California, Irvine
Address: Irvine E/4130 Engineering Gateway, Irvine, CA USA, 92697-2175
Dr. Prof. Sandra S. Luque
Director of Research at IRSTEA, National Research Institute of Science and Technology for Environment and Agriculture
Address: 500 rue JF BRETON, Montpellier 34000, France
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org; Phone: +44 1334 463381
Dr. Prof. Toshiya Okuro
Laboratory of Landscape Ecology and Planning Department of Ecosystem Studies
The University of Tokyo
Address: Yayoi 1-1-1, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 113-8657, Japan
Tel: 3-5841-5051 Fax: 3-5841-5072
Dr. Prof. Liliana Zaharia
Professor of geography at Faculty of Geography, Bucharest University
Address: 1 Nicolae Balcescu Blv. 010041, Bucharest, Romania
E-mail: email@example.com; Phone: + 4 021 3053822
Dr. Prof. Dra. Nicole Bernex
Professor Principal at Department of Humanities – Geography Section, Pontifical Catholic University of Peru
Dr. Walter Musakwa
Department of Town & Regional Planning
University of Johannesburg, South Africa
Tel: +27 011 559 6318
Dr. Prof. Wenwu Zhao
Professor and Director at Institute of Land Surface System and Sustainable Development,Faculty of Geographical Science, Beijing Normal University.
Address: No. 19, XinJieKouWai St., HaiDian District, Beijing 100875, P. R. China
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org; Phone: +86 10 58802125
- The organized meeting in 2017
IGU-GFE was formally established in October 2017. As a new commission, IGU-GFE did not organize some meetings at the end of 2017. While, some steering committee members (Prof. Hanqin Tian and Prof. Bojie Fu) co-organized 1st CHESS Workshop on Coupled Human-Earth System Solutions for Global Sustainability on August 13-14, 2017. This workshop was held in Auburn University, USA. More than 40 scientists from USA, China and Indian attended this workshop. The chair of IGU-GFE Commission, Prof. Bojie Fu, delivered a keynote speech on Ecosystem services in the changing landscape.Besides, the oral speeches were focusing on providing effective solutions to the most pressing global and regional environmental challenges such as climate change, land use, water quality, soil loss, and poverty via coupled Climate-Human-Earth System pathways and modelling. During the workshop, the scientists agree that it is so important to establish a new commission on Coupled Human Earth Systems for Sustainability. The workshop unveiled the preface of the establishment of the IGU-GFE.
- The planning meeting in 2018
In 2018, IGU-GFE will attend 2018 IGURegional Conference in the Québec City from August 6 to 10, 2018, and organizethe session “Coupled Human-Earth Systems for Sustainability”. Themes of thesession include but not limited to: (1) Fundamentals of Geography for FutureEarth, and especially new theories and hypothesis on coupled human-earthsystems for sustainability; (2) Open and inclusive platforms for Geospatial Big Data and observations of coupled human-earth systems; (3) Integrated Earth system models to deepen our understanding of complex Earth systems and human dynamics across different scales; (4)Linkages and dynamic analysis among ecological process, services, and human wellbeing; (5) Human Contributions and Responses to global climate/environmental changes and sustainability; (6) Evaluation tools for sustainable development, multi-scale sustainability evaluation, and sustainable scenarios for transformative development pathways. This session will be the debut of the IGU-GFE Commission on international geography stage and will definitely enlarge the influence of the Commission.
- Special issue on Global Environmental Change
In order to serve for the sustainability research, Professor Bojie Fu will host a special issue on Global Environmental Change in “Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability” in 2018. The issue title is: Understanding the interaction between the biophysical processes and social processes of global environmental change for preparedness for future changes. The issue is divided into five sections consisting 20-30 papers:
- Introduction including an editorial overview and an introductory paper on main concepts and biophysical processes,as well as its social linkage of global environmental change.
- Ecosystem structure and function change,presenting global and regional scale assessment of ecosystem structure and function changes and its drivers, ecosystem composition, type, and productivity.
- Hydrological processes and water resources, reviewing the findings of hydrological processes, eco-hydrological processes, socio-hydrological processes in the river basins and the implications of the changing human-water relationship on sustainable water resources management
- Land use and soil conservation, reviewing the results of land use processes, soil erosion and conservation, social processes of land use decision-making and the implications of the changing human-land relationship on land conservation practices.
- Policy and adaptation measures, synthesis of new understandings of global environment change in changing human-environment relationship and recommendation on policy and adaptation measures.
- Commission website
The commission website is being constructed. The website of IGU-GFE Commission is a bilingual(English-Chinese) version website which contains seven modules as follows.
- Home: a comprehensive showcase of the Commission
- About IGU-GFE: to introduce the aim and tasks of the Commission
- IGU-GFE structure: to give a detailed introduction about the structure and steering committee members of the Commission
- News: to release news of recent conference the Commission involved or forthcoming events relate to the Commission.
- Journals: Introduction or links of journals on sustainability.
- Relative group links: to present relative international,intergovernmental, or inter- and multi-disciplinary groups around geography and sustainability
- Downloads: Files, papers or descriptive documents published by members of the Commission
Besides, the Logo of IGU-GFE commission is being designed. The Logo alternative proposals have been developed by considering the theme of the Commission (sustainability, future earth, development). After collecting suggestion feedbacks from the members of the steering committee, a final revised version will be chosen. The Logo plans are as follows.