Humans & Biosphere (HABCOM)
The Humans and Biosphere Commission fosters problem-oriented study of the effects that changes in Quaternary climates and palaeoenvironments have had on organisms (individuals, communities, species), as well as the relationships between humans and their environment. The Commission promotes innovative cross-disciplinary research and communication, notably by helping to bring together specialists in all sub-fields of palaeoecology, archaeology, geology and palaeoanthropology, including experts in the study of cultural processes, in order to understand human responses to global and regional changes.
An ancillary goal is to provide a unifying framework for the exchange of information between palaeoecologists and neo-ecologists working on issues of global change. The Commission promotes interchange among specialists from any and all nations of the world, involving young scientists and those from developing countries.