Scientific Committee on Problems of the Environment

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Scientific Committee on Problems of the Environment
Abbreviation SCOPE
Formation 1969
Region served
Official language
Jon Samseth from Norway
Parent organization
International Council for Science (ICSU)
Website SCOPE Official website

The Scientific Committee on Problems of the Environment (SCOPE) was established by the 10th meeting of the Executive Committee of the International Council for Science in 1969.[1] SCOPE's members include 38 national science academies and research councils, and 22 international scientific unions.[2]

SCOPE exists primarily to develop scientific reviews of key environmental issues around the themes of Managing Societal and Natural Resources, Ecosystem Processes and Biodiversity, Health and Environment.[3] Recent[when?] reports include biofuels,[4] environmental nitrogen,[5] and biodiversity.[6]

In 2012 SCOPE started a collaboration with the publishing house Elsevier. A new journal, Environmental Development was introduced [7] The journal has 4 volumes a year.

The current president is Jon Samseth from Norway.

The secretariat is located in Paris.

SCOPE-Zhongyu Environmental Awards[edit]

The SCOPE-Zhongyu Environmental Awards were introduced in 2010, They include three categories of Young Scientist awards - environmental sciences; environmental technologies; and environmental management - that are awarded annually. Every second year the Lifetime Achievements Award is given to two scientists with major contribution to the environmental sciences.

SCOPE-Zhongyu Environmental Forum[edit]

The SCOPE-Zhongyu Environmental Forum is an annual event first organised in Yixing in 2011. The Forum addresses current environmental issues, trying to bring scientists from different fields together with policy makers.

United Nations[edit]

SCOPE has through the years developed a close collaboration with UN organizations, in particular UNESCO and UNEP. SCOPE is a major contributor to UNEP's yearbooks[8] and together with UNESCO and UNEP, SCOPE is publishing a policy brief series.[9] Both series are intended for decision makers.

Past presidents[edit]

  • 2009-2014 Lu Yonglong (China)
  • 2005-2009 Osvaldo E. Sala (USA)
  • 1998-2005 J.M. Melillo (USA)
  • 1995-1998 Ph. Bourdeau (Belgium)
  • 1992-1995 J.W.B. Stewart (Canada)
  • 1988-1992 F. di Castri (†) (France)
  • 1985-1988 J.W.M. la Rivière (Netherlands)
  • 1982-1985 R.O. Slatyer (Australia)
  • 1976-1982 G.F. White (†) (USA)
  • 1973-1976 V.A. Kovda (†) (USSR)
  • 1969-1973 J.E. Smith (†), FRS (UK)


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