An International Biodiversity Observation Year

Diana Wall, Gina Adams, Harold Mooney, Geoffrey Boxshall, Andy Dobson, Tohru Nakashizuka

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    The International GeophysicalYear (IGY), which took place between July 1957 and December 1958, helped us to rethink the world. At a time when there was a major paradigm shift in our understanding of the physical world, the international collaboration of the IGY helped to reset the discipline. The International Brodiversity ObservationYear (IBOY) is now occurring at a time when our dependence on, and understanding of, biodiversity is being acknowledged as a paradigm shift in our present view of the world. Although the benefits of IGY were initially intellectual with practical effects remaining unknown until many years later, the benefits of greater knowledge of biodiversity will support efforts towards sustainability and affect the quality of life, both now and in the future. By providing the framework for international collaborations between scientists involved in every aspect of life on Earth, IBOY has the potential to redefine our current understanding of biodiversity in a manner similar to how IGY helped redefine the geophysical world.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)52-54
    Number of pages3
    JournalTrends in Ecology and Evolution
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 2001 Jan 1

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics


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