Completed Programs

  • 2002 Advanced Institute on Climate Variability and Food Security

    The Advanced Institute on Climate Variability and Food Security focused on the application of seasonal climate forecasts to improve agricultural food security. The intensive training component of the Institute was held at the International Research Institute for Climate Prediction (IRI) facility in Palisades, New York from 8-26 July 2002.

  • 2003 Advanced Institute on Urbanization, Emissions & the Global Carbon Cycle

    he Advanced Institute on Urbanization, Emissions and the Global Carbon Cycle brought together young natural and social scientists, engineers, and urban planners to critically examine the environmentally significant interaction of cities and their environment, specifically the emissions of both long-lived GHGs and short-lived polluting gases and particulates. The intensive training component of this institute was held at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) in Boulder, Colorado from 4-22 August 2003.

  • 2003 Young Scientists’ Conference

    The 2003 START International Young Scientists Global Change Conference, the aims of which were to stimulate competition, encourage excellence, reward outstanding performance, encourage the development of personal and institutional networks, and at the same time indulge in high-level capacity building among young scientists from both developed and developing countries, was hosted by the Third World Academy of Sciences in Trieste, Italy from 17-19 November 2003.

  • 2004 Advanced Institute on Vulnerability to Global Environmental Change

    The Advanced Institute on Vulnerability to Global Environmental Change is focused on utilizing selected analytic tools to build the knowledge and skills necessary to conduct research on vulnerability to global environmental change. The intensive training seminar was held 3-21 May 2004 at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) in Laxenburg, Austria.

  • 2006 Young Scientists’ Conference

    The International Young Scientists’ Global Change Conference took place November 5-8, 2006 at the Science and Technology building on the China Meteorological Administration campus in Beijing, China. 

  • 2007 Advanced Institute on the Vulnerability of 

    START, in partnership with the Global Water System Project (GWSP), and with financial support from the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD) and the International Foundation of Science (IFS) invited selected Institute Fellow applicants to participate in the Advanced Institute on Global Environmental Change and the Vulnerability of water resources in the context of the Millennium Development Goals, hosted by UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education in Delft and the Institute for Environmental Studies, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.

  • 2008 Advanced Institute on the Asian Monsoon

    START is responding to this need by creating learning opportunities for regional scientists with an Advanced Institute on the Asian Monsoon: Prediction of Change and Variability. In January 2008, twenty early-career meteorologists from across the Asia-Pacific region and North America met to attend a series of lectures on the Asian monsoon and to explore possibilities for collaboration.

  • Advancing Capacity to Support Climate Change Adaptation (ACCCA)

    The Advancing Capacity to Support Climate Change Adaptation (ACCCA) project developed risk communication methods and tools capable of supporting stakeholder decision-making about climate change and related risks in 17 countries in Africa and Asia.

  • African Doctoral Fellowships

    In 2002, the International START Secretariat and the Pan African START Secretariat (PASS) began a fellowship program for outstanding young African scientists engaged in global environmental change research leading to doctoral dissertation.

  • African Young Scientists Session: 2008 IGBP Conference

    The 4th Congress of the IGBP (International Geopshere Biosphere Programme), entitled Sustainable Livelihood in a Changing Earth System was held in Cape Town, South Africa during 5-9 May 2008. About 380 delegates from 65 countries attended the event and contributed to the development of IGBP’s scientific agenda for the period 2008-2013, with a focus on how IGBP can better contribute to sustainable solutions to global environmental change including mitigation, innovation and adaptation.

  • Assessments of Impacts and Adaptation to Climate Change (AIACC)

    AIACC filled gaps in scientific knowledge and capacity by funding, training, and mentoring developing country scientists to undertake multi-sector, multi-country research of priority to developing countries.

  • Biodiversity Conservation under a Changing Climate

    University level multidisciplinary programs that facilitate learning about climate change challenges to biodiversity and ecosystem services are relatively scarce in the Albertine Rift region of Africa – a biodiversity hotspot that is increasingly under threat from natural and human-induced drivers …

  • Building Long-Term Capacity for Managing & Adapting to CC in Africa-Asia

    Building Long Term Capacity for Managing and Adapting to Climate Change in Africa and Asia is a program that aims to enhance capacity in selected less developed countries across Africa, South and Southeast Asia to better understand and manage risks associated with global change, particularly climate change and variability.

  • Climate Prediction and Agriculture (CLIMAG)

    The CLIMAG Project was completed in 2005. Climate Prediction and Agriculture (CLIMAG) was an interdisciplinary project implemented in Africa, Asia, Latin America and North America by START in partnership with the International Research Institute for Climate Prediction (IRI), the World …

  • Fellowships and Visiting Scientists

    For 12 years, beginning in 1995, START offered opportunities for scientists in developing countries to form collaborative relationships with their colleagues, both in developing and developed countries.

  • Graduate Student Research Opportunity in Climate Risk Management

    The Graduate Student Research Opportunity in Climate Risk Management fosters a network of young researchers interested in action-oriented and collaborative research on climate, development, and humanitarian work. The program aims to enhance knowledge about how climate threats and risks should be taken into account to improve humanitarian decisions within Africa.

  • Industrial Transformation in Asia

    The IT/Asia project was implemented with the primary objective of engaging a network of Asian researchers and institutions, and other international partners in examining key issues of industrial transformation.

  • Integrating Climate Change Mitigation & Adaptation into Development Planning (CCMAP)

    Integrating Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation into Development Planning (CCMAP) project Funded by the European Commission with co-support from UNEP and USAID In partnership with WMO, IPCC, UNEP, University of Dar es Salaam, University of Ghana, and the Bangladesh Centre …

  • Water and Carbon in the Mekong Sub-Region

    In 1997 SEA START RC received funding from START-GEF to initiate the Southeast Asia Integrated Regional Model: River Basins Inputs to the Coastal Zone (SEA/ BASINS) as a regional activity under SARCS Integrated Study Science Plan on Catchment Cascades: Integrating …