The Scientific Board of the International Geoscience Programme (IGCP) held its 42nd Session from 17 to 19 February 2014 and has assessed the ongoing projects and evaluated new proposals.
7 projects will receive financial support from the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) through UNESCO.
If you want to join an IGCP project, please contact the project leader. If you want to propose a new IGCP project please go to “proposal submission”.
Earth Resources: Sustaining our Society
Knowledge on natural resources - including minerals, hydrocarbons, geothermal energy, and water - and their management is the frontline of the struggle for more sustainable and equitable development. The environmentally responsible exploitation of these resources is a challenge for geoscience research. The progress of technological development is equally bound to this premise.
- IGCP 600-Metallogenesis of Collisional Orogens (SIDA Funds)
- IGCP 616-Tectonic, Paleoclimatic, Lanscape evolution of Centre Africa (SIDA Funds)
Global Change and the Evolution of Life: Evidence from the geological record
Changes in the Earth's climate and of life on Earth are preserved in the geologic record. Ice and dust records, terrestrial and ocean sediments, and sequences of fossil plant and animal assemblages all tell the story of our Planet which holds important lessons about present-day environmental challenges and the ways to mitigate and manage environmental damage.
- IGCP 575-Pennsylvanian terrestrial habitats and biotas of Southeastern Euramerica
- IGCP 580-Magnetic susceptibility of Palaeozoic rocks - On extended term
- IGCP 587-The Ediacaran (Vendian) Puzzle
- IGCP 591-The Early to Middle Palaeozoic Revolution
- IGCP 596-Climate Change and Biodiversity Patterns
- IGCP 599-The Changing Early Earth (SIDA Funds)
- IGCP 608-Asia-Pacific Cretaceous Ecosystems
- IGCP 609-Cretaceous Sea-Level Changes
- IGCP 610-From the Caspian to Mediterranean: Environmental Change and Human Response during the Quaternary
- IGCP 624-OneGeology
- IGCP 630-Permian-Triassic Climatic and Environmental Extremes amd biotic responses - New
- IGCP 632-Continental Crisis of the Jurassic - New
Geohazards: Mitigating the risks
Geohazards include earthquakes, volcanic activity, landslides, tsunamis, floods, meteorite impacts and the health hazards of geologic materials, and can range from local events such as a rock slide or coastal erosion to events that threaten humankind such as a supervolcano or meteorite impact. Earth scientists undertake research to better understand these hazards and contribute to risk management policies related to social and technical issues associated with geohazards as well as disaster mitigation.
- IGCP 585-E-MARSHAL: Earth’s continental MARgins
- IGCP 588-Preparing for coastal change
- IGCP 594-Impact of Mining on the Environment in Africa (SIDA Funds)
- IGCP 601-Seismotectonics and Seismic Hazards in Africa (SIDA Funds)
- IGCP 606-Adressing Environmental and Health Impacts (SIDA Funds)
Hydrogeology: Geoscience of the water cycle
Life on Earth depends on water, and its sustainable use is crucial for continued human activities. Earth’s water cycle involves studying, understanding, and managing groundwater systems, hydrogeology, as well as sources, contamination and vulnerability of water systems.
- IGCP 598-Environmental Change and Sustainability (SIDA Funds)
- IGCP 604-Groundwater and Wetlands in Ibero-America
- IGCP 618-Paleoclimate information obtained from past-recharged groundwater
Geodynamic: Control our environment
Our habitable environment at the Earth's surface is linked and controlled by processes occurring deep within the Earth. Earth scientists use, inter alia, geophysical techniques to study deep Earth processes ranging from changes in the Earth's magnetic field to plate tectonics to understand better the Earth as a dynamic planet. Those processes are also relevant to natural resource exploration, distribution and management of groundwater resources and the study and mitigation of natural hazards such as earthquakes.