|The International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme (IGBP) was launched in 1987 to coordinate international research on global-scale and regional-scale interactions between Earth’s biological, chemical and physical processes and their interactions with human systems. IGBP’s international core projects Integrated Marine Biogeochemistry and Ecosystem Research (IMBER), Surface Ocean–Lower Atmosphere Study (SOLAS), Past Global Changes (PAGES) and Land–Ocean Interactions in the Coastal Zone (LOICZ) study ocean acidification. Contact: Wendy Broadgate, Deputy Director, Natural Sciences, IGBP, Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, Box 50005, SE 104-05 Stockholm, Sweden, Tel. +46 8 6739 559.
|Established by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in 1960, the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC-UNESCO) promotes international cooperation and coordinates programmes in marine research, services, observation systems, hazard mitigation, and capacity development in order to understand and effectively manage the resources of the ocean and coastal areas. Contact: Kirsten Isensee, Tel: +33 (0) 1 45 68 40 08; Jorge Luis Valdes, Tel: +33 (0) 1 45 68 40 11; IOC-UNESCO, 1, rue Miollis, 75732 Paris cedex 15, France.
|The Scientific Committee on Oceanic Research (SCOR) was established by the International Council for Science (ICSU) in 1957 and is a co-sponsor of the international projects IMBER and SOLAS. Contact: Ed Urban, Executive Director, SCOR, College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment, University of Delaware, Newark, DE 19716, USA, Tel: +1-302-831-7011, e-mail: secretariat(at)scor-int.org.
|The Ocean Acidification International Coordination Center (OA-ICC) is operated by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)’s Environmental Laboratories in Monaco. An advisory board, including members of the SOLAS-IMBER Ocean Acidification Working Group (SIOA WG), provides recommendations to the project. The OA-ICC works in close collaboration with the Ocean Acidification international Reference User Group (iOA-RUG), a forum for dialogue between researchers and stakeholders. Contact: IAEA-Environment Laboratories, 4a Quai Antoine 1er, MC-98000 Principality of Monaco, Tel: +377 97977272, e-mail: OAICC.Contact-Point@iaea.org.
|By the end of 2015 IGBP and its projects will be merging into a new international research initiative on global sustainability, Future Earth. Future Earth is a 10-year international programme that will provide critical knowledge required for societies to face the challenges posed by global environmental change and to identify opportunities for a transition to global sustainability. E-mail: email@example.com.
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