Interactions among Managed Ecosystems, Climate, and Societies (IMECS)

Joint iLEAPS/GLP/AIMES initiative

Leading group: Almut Arneth, Peter Verburg

Contact: Tanja Suni, iLEAPS Executive Officer,

The main goal of IMECS is to jointly study managed ecosystems including, for instance, the physical and biogeochemical consequences of human management of ecosystems, urbanization, governance of land and water resources, ecosystem services, and climate impacts on food security. The work would include determining and comparing the sustainability, climatic impacts, and crucial ecosystem-society-climate feedbacks of the major managed ecosystem types of the world such as soybean fields and pastures in Brazil, polluted ecosystems near megacities as well as rice and palm oil production in Asia, and managed forests in the boreal and temperate zone. In addition, IMECS will look at urban environments with varying degrees of vegetation.

The IMECS initiative is part of the transition phase of the GEC projects to Future Earth, having a strong multidisciplinary approach combining DIVERSITAS, IHDP and IGBP core projects.

Upcoming events:

  • 2014 Global land project open science meeting, Land transformations: between global challenges and local realities, 19-21 March 2014, Berlin, Germany
  • 4th iLEAPS Science Conference on Terrestrial ecosystems, atmosphere and people in the Earth system, 12-16 May 2014, Nanjing, China

Past events:

  • Joint iLEAPS/GLP/AIMES workshop, 25-26 September 2013, Institute for Environmental Studies, VU University, Amsterdam
  • AsiaFlux Conference, “Communicating Science to Society: Coping with climate extremes for resilient ecological-societal systems”, 21-24 August 2013, Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea (J4: Joint iLEAPS/GLP/AIMES initiative: Interactions among Managed Ecosystems, Climate, and Societies (IMECS) – Asian perspective)
  • EMF workshop session in Snowmass, Colorado (August 2012)
  • GLP workshop in Crackenback, Australia (December 2011),
  • LULCC Kick-off meeting in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany (September 2011)