GLOBAL CHANGE CHALLENGES
The recent chain of extreme natural events has highlighted the fragility of the biosphere and the increasing interdependence of global interactions embodied by climate change. In many regions of the world, the impact of this phenomenon is often compounded by other factors linked to global changes.
Population, climate, economy, use of natural resources, energy development, transportation, communication, land use and land cover, urbanization, ocean circulation, the carbon cycle and other biochemical cycles, sea-ice loss, sea-level rise, food webs, biological diversity, pollution, health and overfishing are some of most relevant factors involved in global change.
In response to these changes, environmental research is being called upon to address crucial issues on sustainable resource management and the socioeconomic development of human communities.
TASK’s mission is inspired in the final declaration of “Challenges of a Changing Earth: Global Change Open Science Conference” (Amsterdam 2001).
“In addition to the threat of significant climate change, there is growing concern over the ever-increasing human modification of other aspects of the global environment and the consequent implications for human wellbeing. Basic goods and services supplied by the planetary life support system, such as food, water, clean air and an environment conducive to human health, are being affected increasingly by global change.”