BCGC Background

Global change is now one of the most hotly debated topics in the world. Indeed, our earth is facing great challenges as a consequence of global change, such as global warming and human disturbance. Understanding the impact of global change is extremely important for the sustainable development on our earth.

Due to these circumstances, in 2008, the International Society of Zoological Sciences (ISZS) initiated an international research program called Biological Consequences of Global Change (BCGC). This program was, first supported by the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS). In 2009, it was adopted by the IUBS as a new international research program, led by Dr Zhibin Zhang, Dr Yury Yu Dgebuadze and Dr Hari Sharma. In June 2010, Integrative Zoology (INZ) published a special issue on BCGC, guest edited by Nils Chr. Stenseth. In 2012, the program was considered as the core of IUBS scientific programmes.

The focus of the BCGC program is to organize a diverse group of international experts, with expertise in many scientific disciplines, to develop an understanding of the biological consequences and the mechanisms on biological structures, endangered species and biological disasters under both global climate change and human activities. BCGC will setup a BCGC database and develop analysis tools emphasizing on spatial-temporal databases of species abundance and distributions.

Currently, there are over 20 scientists from Australia, Chile, China, France, India, Norway, Russia, US, Germany, Israel and South Africa in the program. As the outcomes of the program, over 30 articles were published, 6 workshops were held, 4 symposia organized, and 3 training courses completed.