International Geological Correlation Programme
International Geological Correlation Programme (IGCP) was founded in 1972 at
the 24th International Geological Congress in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The
goal was to create an ambitious global program of scientific collaboration
between working scientists, rather than between governments. From the
beginning, the program has operated as a joint enterprise of the International
Union of Geological Sciences (IUGS) and the United Nations Educational,
Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The IUGS serves as a scientific
guide, while UNESCO handles operational and administrative matters.
Simply stated, the goals of the IGCP
are to obtain answers to interrelated theoretical and practical geological
problems through international cooperation. Examples include:
- To develop better methods for finding and assessing resources;
- To develop a better understanding of the way geologic events affect
- To develop a better understanding of the processes, events, and
correlations in order to solve problems of resources and the environment;
- To standardize terminology and procedures in research and to
develop new methods of correlation.
The IGCP funds unsolicited proposals
from scientists working in any major field or subfield of the earth sciences to
support international collaboration
aimed at obtaining answers to interrelated theoretical and practical geological
problems. Once an IGCP project has been accepted, it is open for anyone to join
in its activities. Projects are selected by peer review, and the progress of
each project is assessed by fellow scientists. Funds granted to accepted
projects can be used only for communication, not for research. Funds for
research must be raised in the country where a project member resides or works
The name of the programme has been
changed into International Geoscience Programme.
The Netherlands is
through the Technical University of Delft involved in IGCP Project 481:
CASPAGE, Dating Caspian Sea Level Change. This project aims to establish a precise Caspian sea-level curve for the recent
geological past. This can help in understanding the pace of global change in
the northern hemisphere in the past, and to improve prediction of future
Caspian sea-level change and its environmental consequences.
The IGCP page on the
website of UNESCO.
Website of IGCP Project 481: CASPAGE.
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