09.11 - 12.11.2006
Beijing, China

The first Global Change Open Science Conference, held in Amsterdam in 2001, was a milestone in the scientific, political and public understanding of this far-reaching topic. One outcome of that Conference was the formation of the Earth System Science Partnership (ESSP), a collaboration between DIVERSITAS, IGBP, IHDP and WCRP. This Conference provides the opportunity for the presentation of advances since the Amsterdam Conference in our understanding of the natural and social systems of global environmental change and to highlight the ESSP approach to study of the Earth System.

Conference Themes:
- Earth System Science Approach: New advances in studies of the physical, biogeochemical, biodiversity, and human dimensions aspects of global environmental change.
- Science for Sustainability: Global environmental change research relating to carbon, food, human health, and water; as reflected in the ESSP Joint Projects.
- Integrated Regional Studies: The dynamics, impacts and consequences of the interactions between natural and social systems at regional scales, including extreme events, and how they connect with global-scale phenomena.
- Global Change in Monsoon Asia: Global environmental change research in monsoon Asia.

Parallel Session 6:
"Earth System Research in Monsoon Asia"
Case studies, interactions between the Monsoon climate system in Asia, natural changes and human activities

Parallel Session 24:
"Integrating Past Records of Human-Environment-Climate Interactions for Future Sustainability"
Paleodata/monitored records, regional integration, long term modeling, ecosystem/landscape sustainability