Co-sponsored Research Programs

IUGG co-sponsors several research and outreach international programs:

      - International Year of Global Understanding (

The International Year of Global Understanding (IYGU) addresses the ways in which we inhabit an increasingly globalized world. How do we transform nature? How will we build new social and political relationships for the emerging global reality? Societies and cultures determine the ways we live with and shape nature. They also influence how we perceive the global consequences of our everyday behavior. You canít change the world if you donít understand what your daily actions mean for the world as a whole.

      - International Year of Deltas (

The International Year of Deltas (IYD) is designed to (i) increase awareness of and attention to the value and vulnerability of deltas worldwide, (ii) promote and enhance international and regional cooperation at the scientific, policy, and stakeholder levels, and (iii) focus and accelerate a comprehensive research agenda toward understanding and modeling these complex socio-ecological systems as the cornerstone of ensuring preparedness in protecting or restoring them in a rapidly changing environment. The IYD calls for developing an effective paradigm of basic research in service to society that demonstrates the power of research to improve conditions in these focused hotspots of vulnerability and change: deltas around the world. The IYD is proposed as a year of awareness, a year of focus, and a year for launching a 10-year committed initiative, in intellect and resources worldwide, toward practical and goal-oriented efforts to comprehensively address the predictive understanding of these vulnerable systems and to use this understanding to protect and restore them.

      - Mathematics of Planet Earth (

Our planet is the setting for dynamic processes of all sorts, including the geophysical processes in the mantle, the continents, and the oceans, the atmospheric processes that determine our weather and climates, the biological processes involving living species and their interactions, and the human processes of finance, agriculture, water, transportation, and energy. The challenges facing our planet and our civilization are multidisciplinary and multifaceted, and the mathematical sciences play a central role in the scientific effort to understand and to deal with these challenges.
The mission of the Mathematics of Planet Earth 2013 (MPE2013) project is to (i) encourage research in identifying and solving fundamental questions about planet earth; (ii) encourage educators at all levels to communicate the issues related to planet earth; and (iii) inform the public about the essential role of the mathematical sciences in facing the challenges to our planet. On January 1, 2014, MPE2013 will continue as "Mathematics of Planet Earth" (MPE). The objectives remain unchanged Ė identify fundamental research questions about Planet Earth and reach out to the general public.