IHDP Knowledge Transfer Database

Earth System Science Partnership

Acronym: ESSP

The ESSP is a partnership of four international global environmental change research programmes for the integrated study of the Earth System, the ways that it is changing, and the effects on global and regional sustainability: IHDP - International Human Dimensions Programme on Global Environmental Change IGBP - International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme WCRP - World Climate Research Programme DIVERSITAS - an integrated programme of biodiversity science ESSP's mission The ESSP is interested in human-driven changes, which are multi-dimensional and have a cascading effect on the Earth System. These properties make them difficult to understand or predict. Integrated science approaches and the application of advanced modelling technologies are helping to develop a clearer picture of the past and project various scenarios for the future. The ESSP brings together researchers from diverse fields, and from across the globe, to undertake an integrated study of the Earth System its structure and functioning, the changes occurring to the System, and the implications of those changes for global and regional sustainability.