The landmark State of the Tropics Report, led by JCU and a consortium of eleven other tropical universities and research institutes, is the first in-depth, objective assessment of the tropics as an environmental and geopolitical entity in its own right.
The report assesses the environmental, social, demographic and economic state of the region and the implications of the immense changes the region is experiencing. The Tropics not only sustains the bulk of Earth’s biodiversity, but is also the most dynamic region globally in terms of economic and population growth. Such growth is generating a wide range of environmental and societal challenges, and also new opportunities.
In compiling the ambitious State of the Tropics Report, researchers generated massive datasets on a wide range of environmental, social and economic indicators. Our goals are to analyse these data from a variety of perspectives – particularly looking for cross-cutting trends across different datasets and geographic regions. We will also search for key gaps in the data, and areas where further research is needed.
In this flagship our overarching goals are to identify key challenges for the future, and emerging threats and concerns for tropical environments and societies. We hope to see our synthetic findings published in a range of technical and popular venues – helping to raise the global profile for these vital issues and challenges.