IGCP Projects

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IGCP 650 - Snow laboratory for preliminary snow and firn-ice core samples processing and distribution at the HEIGE NSF/IGCP expedition base camp. Fedchenko Glacier, Pamir.

The Council of the International Geoscience Programme (IGCP) held its 3rd Session in February 2018 and evaluated 35 projects consisting of 22 ongoing projects and 13 new proposals. 7 new projects have been approved and 4 projects will be on one extended term, which means they will remain active without funding from IGCP. In 2018, a total of 22 projects will be financed by UNESCO and IUGS.

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 our proposal submission page.


Following the new project partnership agreement between UNESCO Science Sector and Jeju Province Development Corporation (JPDC) Korea, we are pleased to announce:

New call for IGCP Project Proposal:

1. Project theme: Groundwater sustainability in volcanic regions.

2. The call will emphasize women and young and early career scientists who are especially encouraged to apply.

3. The project(s) will be sponsored by Jeju Province Development Corporation (JPDC) Korea for five (5) years.

IGCP is supporting work on the following five themes:

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.

Global Change and the Evolution of Life: Evidence from the geological record

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.

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.

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.

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