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Natural Sciences

Europe & North America

United States of America

United States of America
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  • Grand Canyon, United States of America

Working with UNESCO in the field of ocean science, the country is supporting the development of a global, all-hazards warning system, conducted under the aegis of the Global Earth Observation Systems of Systems (GEOSS) and building on the UNESCO Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission Tsunami Warning System in the Pacific.

Below you can access the projects that are currently being implemented in the country within the framework of UNESCO’s Natural Sciences Sector.



- Hydrology for the Environment, Life and Policy programme (HELP) projects:

- International Sedimentation Initiative (ISI) Review of Sedimentation Issues on the mississippi River More

- Alpine and Mediterranean Flow Regimes from International Experimental and Network Data (AMHY FRIEND)

People, Biodiversity and Ecology

- Global Change and Mountain Regions (GLOCHAMORE)

- Biosphere Reserves (WNBRs


- Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission: Sub-Commission for the Caribbean and Adjacent Regions (IOCARIBE

- Pacific Tsunami Warning and Mitigation System (ICG/PTWS)

Earth Sciences

- Triassic Time and Trans-Panthalassan Correlations (IGCP, Project 467)

- Late Variscan terrestrial biotas and palaeoenvironments  (IGCP, Project 469)

- GIS metallogeny of Central Asia (IGCP, Project 473)

- Images of the Earth’s crust and upper mantle (IGCP, Project 474)

- Deltas in the Monsoon Asia-Pacific region (DeltaMAP) (IGCP, Project 475)

- Monsoon Evolution and Tectonic-Climate Linkage in Asia (IGCP, Project 476)

- Sustainable Use of Platinum Group Elements (IGCP, Project 479)

- Dating Caspian Sea Level Change (CASPAGE, IGCP, Project 481)

- Geodynamics of the East African Rift System / Geophysical Characteristics and Evolution of the South-western Branch of the East African Rift System (IGCP, Project 482/489

- The role of Holocene environmental catastrophes in human history (IGCP, Project 490)

- Middle Palaeozoic vertebrate biogeography, palaeogeography and climate (IGCP, Project 491)

- Quaternary Land-Ocean Interactions (IGCP, Project 495)

- The Rheic Ocean: Its origin, evolution, and correlatives (IGCP, Project 497)

- Devonian land-sea interaction: evolution of ecosystems and climate (IGCP, Project 499)

- Dryland Change: Past, Present, Future (IGCP, Project 500)

- Ordovician palaeogeography and palaeoclimate (IGCP, Project 503)

- Marine and Non-marine Jurassic: Global correlation and major geological events (IGCP, Project 506

- Palaeoproterozoic Supercontinents and Global Evolution (IGCP, Project 509)

-  Global correlation of A-type granites and related rocks, their mineralization, and significance in lithospheric evolution (IGCP, Project 510)

- Submarine Mass Movements and their Consequences (IGCP, Project 511)

- Neoproterozoic Ice Ages (IGCP, Project 512)

- Karst Aquifers and Water Resources (IGCP, Project 513) Fluvial Palaeosystems: Evolution and Mineral Deposits(IGCP, Project 514)

- Black Sea-Mediterranean Corridor during the last 30,000 years: Sea level change and human adaptation (IGCP, Project 521)

- Arc-Continent Collision (IGCP, Project 524)

- Gold-bearing hydrothermal fluids of oregenic deposits (IGCP, Project 540)

- Subduction Zones of the Caribbean (IGCP, Project 546)

- Rapid Environmental/Climate Change in the Cretaceous Greenhous World: Ocean-Land Interaction (IGCP, Project 555)

Basic Sciences

- UNITWIN Network for Improving Biological Sciences Education through the Development and Use of Information Technologies in some Arab States Universities, established in 1997 at Purdue University More

Science Policy and Sustainable Development

- Establishing Science and Technology Parks More

- UNESCO Chair in Bioethics, established in 2005 at the Ethics and Public Policy Centre, Washington D.C. More

Coasts and Small Islands

- Caribbean Coastal Marine Productivity Program (CARICOMP): sustaining coastal biodiversity benefits and ecosystem services 

- Small Islands VOICE Hawai’i More

- UNESCO-Cousteau Ecotechnie Chair in Global Coastal Assessment, established in 2004 at the University of Rhode Island, Narragansett More

- UNESCO-Cousteau Ecotechnie Chair in Coastal Resources, established in 2004 at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, New Jersey More


Women in Science

Professor Elizabeth BLACKBURN, (United States of America). L'Oréal-UNESCO for North America. For the discovery of the nature and maintenance of chromosome ends and their roles in cancer and ageing. Through her pioneering work in the field of telomere biology, she has greatly contributed to advancing the understanding of aging and cancer at the level of our chromosomes.

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