Countries within the Asia-Pacific region support more than half of the world’s population and changes in the Earth’s bio-geophysical system are clearly impacting the societies and economies of these countries.
Recent research and supporting observations have provided new insights into some of these changes and their impacts but have, at the same time, opened up a number of new and challenging scientific issues and questions. APN seeks to identify these scientific issues to promote, as well as encourage, regional cooperative global change research.
The Asia-Pacific Network for Global Change Research (APN) is an inter-governmental network whose mission is to enable investigations of changes in the Earth’s life support systems and their implications for sustainable development in the Asia-Pacific region. The APN, therefore, supports investigations that will:
- Identify, explain and predict changes in the context of both natural and anthropogenic (human-induced) forcing;
- Assess potential regional and global vulnerability of natural and human systems; and
- Contribute, from the science perspective, to the development of policy options for appropriate responses to global change that will also contribute to sustainable development.
The APN is inviting applications from all member (including Australia, Fiji, New Zealand) and approved countries (all other Pacific Island countries).