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meetings and workshops in 2005

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Specialty conference on the indirect effects of aerosols on climate.

    The meeting goals are:
    -to bring together experts from the various fields involved in the very interdisciplinary studies of the aerosol indirect effect
    -to facilitate the preparation of reviews of climate and the indirect effect that will be underway in 2005

    Questions to be addressed at the meeting include:
    1. What are the observational constraints on the indirect effect?
    2. What are the most important times and locations for aerosol-cloud interactions?
    3. What is the role of ice clouds in the indirect effect?
    4. What are some indirect effects besides the number of cloud droplets?

    The meeting format will be primarily invited review talks along with posters for new results. Registration wll be limited to approximately 150.

    05 - 07 January 2005     Manchester, UK

INTERNATIONAL GRADUATE COURSE SERIES 2004.

    The International Course Series is developed in the framework of the Graduate Program in Oceanography at University of Concepcion and the UNESCO IOC Chair in Coastal Oceanography to reinforce postgraduate education in the Region. This activity is sponsored by the Graduate School at University of Concepcion, IOC/UNESCO, the FONDAP-COPAS Center, Minera Escondida (Chile), the Partnership for Observation of the Global Oceans (POGO), and Past Global Changes (PAGES).

    Course 4: Theory and implementation of individual-based and coupled models to study spatial dynamics of early life history of fishes: Algorithm, programming and case studies

    17 - 28 January 2005     Washington, USA

International Conference on Periglacial Geomorphology

    The Conference will discuss recent advances in the geomorphology of periglacial areas; it will cover the following topics:

  • Periglacial dynamics
  • Weathering in cold areas
  • Paraglacial landscapes

    22 - 25 January 2005     Clermont-Ferrand, France

Tropical-Extratropical Climatic Teleconnections: A Long-Term Perspective

    This conference will bring together atmospheric scientists, oceanographers, and paleoclimatologists to assess the state-of-the-knowledge of tropical-extratropical climatic teleconnections on interannual to multi-millennial time scales. It should provide modern climate scientists with a better understanding of paleoclimate records and paleoclimatologists with the opportunitiy to place their records in a larger context of climate processes. We are interested in not only understanding what the records of these changes are on multiple time scales, but also in posing reasonable hypotheses that may be used to explain the observed connections. These hypotheses may serve as a basis for organizing future research in this area.

    Proposals for 20-minute presentations or posters are welcome on the following topics:
    - Ocean Dynamics and Thermohaline Circulation
    - Mid-Latitude Circulation
    - Tropical Climate
    - Monsoon Dynamics

    The abstract deadline has been pushed back to 15 November 2004 as well as the deadline to apply for travel funds.

    08 - 11 February 2005     Honolulu, Hawaii

International Conference on "Coastal Hazards"

    For the first time in India, we are organizing an International Conference on "Coastal Hazards". Coastal Zone is rapidly getting prominence in all countries, primarily for the purpose of urbanization, industrial expansion, tourism, etc. The use and misuse of coastal zone is increasing alarmingly. Above all, natural hazards like cyclone, hurricane, tornado, etc., are also on the rise. Nevertheless, the man-made technological hazards due to hydrocarbons, transhipments are affecting the fragile coastal ecosystem. In view of that, it is planned to take the views of International community through this Conference. We shall be much thankful if you could kindly make yourself convenient to attend this Conference and present your valuable research papers. If you don't mind, kindly communicate this to other friends who are interested in such theme. They can also browse for the details in our University's website URL (klick on the title).

    09 - 11 February 2005     Thanjavur, India

PAGES Focus 5 Gordon Research Conference: Past Ecosystem Processes and Human-Environment Interactions

    This new Gordon Research Conference has the major goal of using the paleoreord, archaeological/historical information and modeling to inform about, understand and better manage terrestrial, lakes and fluvial ecosystems. Although long-term studies provide the natural variability needed to better assess future climate, they often lack information about contemporary processes and the human dimension perspective necessary for predicting the effect of climate change on ecosystems used for various human activities. During this conference, bridges between contemporary ecology, archaeology, historical ecology and palaeoecology should be created to lead to a more comprehensive understanding of various ecosystems. The conference will be divided into three major topics:

    • Land use and climate change on fluvial ecosystems
    • Human impacts on terrestrial ecosystems
    • Human impacts on lake ecosystems

    Click on the title above to go to the conference website outlining the current list of speakers, or contact Isabelle Larocque (isabelle_larocque@inrs-ete.uquebec.ca).
    Most presentations are in poster format but there are still some openings for talks.

    13 - 18 February 2005     California, USA

The First International Workshop on Climate Variability over Africa For 2005 ICTP external activity

    The workshop is intended to review recent progress in understanding climate variability and trends (of both natural and anthropogenic origin) over Africa. The first week will be devoted to a general presentation of the main regional processes influencing the climate of the African continent, and to the modeling issues associated with the representation of such processes in regional climate models. During the second week we will focus on global processes of relevance for the African continent, with special attention to climate variability on interannual and interdecadal time-scales and ocean-atmosphere interactions...

    The application form for the workshop is now available on the web. You can find it at http://agenda.ictp.trieste.it/agenda/current/fullAgenda.php?ida=a04222

    6 - 17 March 2005     Alexandria, Egypt

The climate of the next millennia in the perspective of abrupt climate change during the late pleistocene - PAGES/DEKLIM Conference

    "The climate of the past is the key to understand the climate of the future".
    Is this often used statement truly correct for the next two millennia? The conference will examine past records of abrupt climate change and will discuss if the processes that caused past abrupt change are indeed relevant for the Holocene and predicted climate evolution.

    -PASH2 workshop after the meeting on 12 March: info, proposal

    7 - 10 March 2005     Mainz, Germany

Holocene Environmental Catastrophes in South America: From the Lowlands to the Andes

    We welcome presentations on catastrophic and rapid environmental changes anywhere in the world. We will focus on the multidisciplinary study of well-dated high resolution records of climatic and other environmental catastrophes in South America. Abstract submission has to deal with these major topics:

  • Holocene climate changes in South America.
  • High resolution and continuous records of climatic and environmental catastrophes
  • Holocene fire history records
  • Recent hydrological changes in South America
  • Monitoring rapid geologic changes in Semi-arid regions (i.e., dust storms, dune formations and reactivations, eolian deflations, hydrological changes)
  • Environmental and social consequences of earthquakes, landslides, volcanic eruptions, cosmogenic impacts, karst collapses, tsunamis, floods, droughts
  • Holocene climate and South American cultural collapse
  • Environmental impact on human health

    11 - 17 March 2005     Córdoba Province, Argentinia

9th International Conference on Energy and Environment

    The conference will include technical paper presentations, keynote lectures, training sessions, poster sessions, panel discussions, open forum sessions as well as social events.

    The conference will:
    -Bring together diverse stakeholders - scientists, engineers, managers, planners, policymakers at the local, national and international levels, leaders from the business community and non-governmental organizations, educators, and concerned citizens;
    -Examine the roles of science, technology, and education in addressing environmental and energy-related challenges facing society; and
    -Explore the diversity of approaches in implementing solutions to environmental and energy related issues, while at the same time allowing participants to discover shared concerns and common ground for conducting successful projects at the local, national, and international levels.

    Contact Person:
    Prof. Abdel Latif El-Sharkawy,
    National Research Center,
    Dokki, Cairo, Egypt
    Tel: +20-2-761-7590
    Fax: +20-2-337-0597
    Email: president@sat-eng.com

    13 - 19 March 2005     Cairo, Egypt

Workshop on Past Ocean Circulation

    The SCOR/IMAGES Working Group on Past Ocean Circulation is organizing this workshop at Georgia Tech in Atlanta. This working group is considering the fact that while paleoceanographic reconstructions have suggested that there are dramatic changes in ocean circulation during the past, a robust reconstruction of the nature and size of these changes even for the last ice age is still elusive.
    The goals of this workshop will be to assess the potential of existing paleoceanographic proxies for ocean circulation, assess the sufficiency of existing data coverage, and determine whether a large scale coordinated research program to reconstruct past ocean circulation is warranted based on the above.
    We will bring together experts in paleoceanographic data, physical oceanography and ocean modeling (forward and inverse approaches).
    The workshop will include invited presentations, poster presentations and ample time for discussion. Further information on the working group and workshop can be found at the SCOR website (click on the title) and http://shadow.eas.gatech.edu/~jean/PACE/PACE_Workshop.htm
    The abstract and registration deadline is January 15. Limited travel support will be available.
    For further information, please contact Jean Lynch-Stieglitz (jean@eas.gatech.edu) or Catherine Kissel (Catherine.Kissel@lsce.cnrs-gif.fr)

    20 - 23 March 2005     Atlanta, USA

SASQUA 2005 XVI Conference

    Our theme is inspired by the words on Paul Gauguin’s famous painting of 1897:
    'Where do we come from? What are we? Where are we going?'
    Quaternary research deals with these questions and we invite you to make a contribution.

    Workshops or special sessions have been suggested for:

  • Dating problems
  • African Pollen Database
  • Palaeo-site research and development strategy

    Further suggestions for special sessions or workshops are invited.

    > Download the final circular

    30 March - 03 April 2005     Bloemfontein, South Africa

PMIP 2 Workshop 1

    We would like to invite you to attend the international PMIP 2 workshop to be held in Giens, France from 3 to 8 April 2005. The workshop will mainly focus on the results of the new coupled atmosphere-ocean and atmosphere-ocean-vegetation model simulations for the Last Glacial Maximum and mid-Holocene, and the evaluation of these results using new and existing data syntheses. It will also measure the progress for the new foci of PMIP2 - the early Holocene, last glacial inception, and water hosing experiments. We hope the workshop will allow the community to prepare summaries of PMIP 2 results in a timely fashion to contribute to the IPCC Fourth Assessment Report (AR4).

    03 - 08 April 2005     Giens, France

Workshop on Andean Glaciology

    For more Information click on the title.

    Deadline for abstract submission is 31st December 2004.

    04 - 09 April 2005     Foz do Iguacu, Brazil

International Symposium: New Approaches to Quaternary Sciences in Fuego-Patagonia

    The aim of our Symposium is promote a new program of interdisciplinary research on Quaternary issues in the southernmost part of Chile. The participants will include international experts in the fields of palynology, tephrochronolgy, fossil DNA research, human evolution, geographical studies, glaciology, dendrochronology, and space physics, among others. Papers on interdisciplinary research applicable to the region as well as presentations on studies within the region are invited.

    04 - 09 April 2005     Magallanes, Chile

Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting

    "Advances in Paleoclimatology: Quantitative, multiproxy, and novel approaches to climate reconstruction"
    Cosponsored by the Climatology, Biogeography, and Cryosphere Specialty Groups

    Our understanding of climate system dynamics at interannual to millennial timescales continues to advance as new techniques and improved technologies expand and refine the process of proxy data collection, assimilation, and analysis. Robust paleoclimatic reconstructions are necessary for the objective analysis of past climate dynamics as well as assessment of observed trends and behavior over the last century. This in turn requires an improved, quantitative, and mechanistic understanding of the nature of the physical, chemical, and biological processes controlling proxy formation. At the same time, new proxies - including expanded archives and novel methods for using existing ones - are likely necessary to overcome the disadvantages of existing proxies related to geographic distribution, sensitivity, and bias. Integrating multiple proxies has also been shown to improve the skill of climate reconstructions and overcome weaknesses in single-archive approaches.

    05 - 09 April 2005     Denver, Colorado

Climate and Cryosphere (CliC) - First Science Conference

    World Climate Research Programme (WCRP) - China Meteorological Administration
    The project's principal goal is to assess and quantify the impacts that climatic variability and change have on components of the cryosphere and the consequences of these impacts for the climate system, and to determine the stability of the global cryosphere. To support this goal, CliC seeks to enhance and coordinate efforts to monitor the cryosphere, to study climate-related processes involving the cryosphere, and to model and understand its role in the climate system.
    Due to the late announcement of conditions for Travel Support Grants to help Young Scientists and Graduate Students attend this conference, the abstract submission deadline for the First CliC Science conference has been extended to 18 DECEMBER 2004.

    11 - 15 April 2005     Beijing, China

Symposium on Abrupt Climate Change

    A symposium on Abrupt Climate Change will be taking place Friday, April 15, at The University of Texas at Austin. A detailed program may be found at our website (click on the title)

    Speakers and talk titles include:
    Richard Alley - Penn State University
    - "Big Ice Sheet Instability: Implications for Future Sea Level"
    Thomas Stocker - University of Bern, Switzerland
    - "Irreversible Climate Transitions: Future Trouble?"
    Philip Marcus - University of California, Berkeley
    - "Prediction of Abrupt Change in Jupiter's Climate: An Analog for Earth?"
    Lonnie Thompson - Ohio State University
    - "Ice Adventures: Tracking Evidence of Abrupt Climate Change Across the Tropics"

    For those who are not able to make it, we will be working to place these presentations within a web archive.

    15 April 2005     Texas, USA

2nd General Assembly of the European Geosciences Union (EGU)

    PAGES co-sponsors the session
    CL21 "Late Holocene climate swings - reconstructions, simulations, socioeconomic impacts", Wednesday, 27 April 2005

    Within the IGBP - PAGES programme new initiatives are planned. Initiative 1 aims to better understand regional climate variability. For example, the detailed reconstruction and analysis of regional and global climate variability (mainly air temperature and precipitation) during the last few thousand years is essential. Mainly in central Europe one of the pressing issues is whether the last three warmer and partly drier climate optima during the last 4000 years (Bronze Age Optimum, Iron/Roman Age Optimum, Medieval Climatic Optimum) were warmer than today or not. All three optima were followed by a remarkable cold relapse: Iron Age Cooling, Migration Period Pessimum, Little Ice Age. Some colleagues do not like these expressions because the anomalies are neither spatially nor temporally homogeneous.
    Based on reconstructed time series from important natural archives like glaciers, tree rings, pollen, lake levels, sea and lake sediments, stalagmites, boreholes and ice cores as well as documentary proxies the complex spatiotemporal pattern of temperature and precipitation fields is actually being analyzed in many regions of the world. In addition, first long-term model runs with coupled GCM’s or models with intermediate complexity are carried out based on reconstructed forcings (sun, volcanoes, anthropogenic) and can be compared with the archive data. There is a lively interest by many archeologists or archeoclimatologists for these topics.

    More PAGES-related Division & Section Programmes:

  • Atmospheric Sciences Programme

  • Climate Sciences Programme

  • Cryospheric Sciences Programme

  • Ocean Sciences Programme

    24 - 29 April 2005     Vienna, Austria

Global Environmental Change and Biodiversity

    The meeting will focus on the effects of climate change, atmospheric change, and nitrogen deposition on plant and animal diversity in terrestrial ecosystem.

    02 - 04 May 2005          Paris, France

International Conference on Rapid Sea Level Change-a Caspian Perspective

    Abstract and registration deadline March 31 (moved to 10 April 2005)!

    This conference aims are debating the impact of rapid environmental changes and human responses in general. The case study of central Asian seas and lakes will be analysed in more details. it is essentially a multidisciplinary conference. End-users and decision-makes are especially welcome.

    02 - 09 May 2005Rasht, Iran

Sub-aerially exposed continental shelves since the Middle Pleistocene climatic transition

    This initial workshop forms part of a 3-year project (2004-2007) supported by INQUA through the Commission on Coastal & Marine Processes. The project is aimed at the study of terrestrial deposits in sub-aerially exposed continental shelves since the Middle Pleistocene climatic transition (MIS 13). An important focus is the role of sub-aerially exposed continental shelves in carbon storage and the likely contribution of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere.

    09 - 13 May 2005     Hong Kong, China

Scoping Workshop: Past Climate Variability and Change in the Arctic and at High Latitudes

    The U.S. Climate Change Science Program (CCSP) is producing synthesis and assessment products to support informed discussion and decision making regarding climate variability and change by policy makers, resource managers, stakeholders, the media, and the general public.

    One of the CCSP goals is to "improve knowledge of the Earth's past and present climate and environment, including its natural variability, and improve understanding of the causes of observed variability and change."
    As part of this goal, the U.S. Geological Survey has been given the lead responsibility for coordinating the effort to produce a report on "Past Climate Variability and Change in the Arctic and at High Latitudes" also referred to as Synthesis and Assessment Product 1.2.
    The purpose of this synthesis report is to provide a long-term context for recent observed changes in the climatically sensitive arctic regions. The purpose of this workshop is to scope the content and structure of the required prospectus and final report and identify appropriate technical leads to take the responsibility for specific content of the final synthesis and assessment product.

    The workshop will be held in Building 810 in the Denver Federal Center in Lakewood, Colorado. Public and private stakeholders are invited to participate. A first agenda for this workshop will be released in early April on the CCSP website(click on the title).

    10 - 11 May 2005     Lakewood, Colorado

The El Niño phenomenon and its global impact

    The meeting aims at discussing El Niño-Southern Oscillation (ENSO) in all aspects related to the Ocean, Atmosphere, Climate, Biology and Human Dimensions, its impact in South America and teleconnections worldwide. It is the first of a series of Alexander von Humboldt Conferences initiated by EGU, international meetings related to geophysical topics of particular importance to South America, which are jointly organized by South American and EGU experts.

    16 - 20 May 2005     Guayaquil, Equador

International GLOBEC Symposium: Climate Variability and Sub-Arctic Marine Ecosystems

The Fluvial System - past and present dynamics and controls

    The following commissions, working groups and organisations arranged to have a joint international conference on 16-22 of May 2005 at the Department of Geography of the University of Bonn, Germany:

    • GLOCOPH – INQUA subcommission on Global Continental Palaeohydrology
    • FLAG – INQUA subcommission Fluvial Archives Group
    • LUCIFS - IGBP research activity Land Use and Climate Impacts on Fluvial Systems during the period of agriculture
    • IAG – working group on large rivers
    • IAG – working group on hydrology and geomorphology of bedrock rivers
    • IAHS - International Association of Hydrological Sciences (German branch)
    • IAHS – International Commission on Continental Erosion ICCE
    • FgHW - German working group on hydrological sciences (ATV- DVWK)
    • AK Geomorphologie - German working group on geomorphology (DGfG and IAG)
    • DEUQUA – German union for Quaternary research.
    • AK Hydrologie - German working group on hydrology (VGDH).

    The participating organisations focus on an exchange among each other and welcome all scientists with affinity to research in the fluvial environment from the perspectives of geomorphology, geology, hydrology, climatology and other related disciplines. The official language of the conference is English.

    16 - 22 May 2005     Bonn, Germany

2005 Joint Assembly of the American Geophysical Union (AGU)

    For more info click on the title.

    23 - 27 May 2005     New Orleans, USA

Third International Congress Environmental Change in Central Asia

    Dear potential participants, In behalf of the National University of Mongolia it is great pleasure for me to invite you.The congress will be organized at the National University of Mongolia. Registration fee, congress participation, Icebreaker and Farewall dinner will cost 200$. Collegues from poorer countries can apply for a fee reduction. Post congress excursion fee is 30$ in addition (included lunch). Costs are payable during the registration at May 23rd.

    23 - 27 May 2005     Ulaanaatar, Mongolia

Seasonal to Interannual Climate Variability: Its Prediction and Impact on Society

    This course will cover the main aspects of seasonal to interannual forecasting systems, from their initialisation to end user applications.

    Main topics:
    - Initial conditions preparation via data assimilation
    - Dynamical models and their coupling
    - Statistical modelling, calibration and model output assessment
    - Applications of forecast products to specific users
    - Panel sessions will complement the series of lectures

    The teaching in ASIs is aimed at scientists at postdoctoral level or equivalent as well as PhD students in their final year. Candidates who do not have a PhD, but do have suitable experience in meteorology and climatology, will also be considered.

    23 May - 03 June 2005     Gallipoli, Italy

Living with Global Change: Challenges in Environmental Sciences

    The Israel Society for Ecology and Environmental Quality Sciences is organising this international conference.

    30 May - 01 June 2005     Tel Aviv, Israel

Third Russian Conference on Geocryology - Moscow State University

    Topics presented will include:
    - Physics, chemistry, thermophysics, and mechanics of frozen soil
    - Lithogenous geocryology
    - Dynamic geocryology
    - Regional and historical geocryology
    - Permafrost engineering
    - Permafrost geoecology
    - Problems of oil and gas deposits and exploration in permafrost regions
    - Gas and gas hydrate in the Earth cryolithosphere

    31 May - 03 June 2005     Moscow, Russia

IODP Conference: Palaeoclimate Change: High-latitudes & Ocean Circulation

    The aim of the meeting is to bring together the UK and ECORD community in the broad field of Palaeoceanography & Palaeoclimate Change to discuss exciting new results emerging from recent initiatives (eg, IODP drilling in the Arctic, IMAGES, RAPID) aimed at improving our understanding of extreme and rapid changes in Earth’s past climate, with special emphasis on the high latitudes and ocean circulation.

    02 - 03 June 2005     London, UK

INTRODUCTION TO DIATOM ANALYSIS

    This intensive one week course at the Environmental Change Research Centre, University College London is designed for ecologists, palaeoecologists and archaeologists and focuses on non-marine diatoms. It provides a thorough grounding in diatom analysis and its applications, and assumes no prior knowledge of diatoms. The course consists of lectures and practical classes covering diatom morphology and systematics, evolution, habitats and ecology, taphonomy and preservation, training-sets and transfer functions, climate change, saline lake sediments, eutrophication, lowland lake sediments, acidification, upland lake sediments. Practical classes focus on slide preparation techniques, counting, taxonomy, computing, and the analysis of material from estuarine, eutrophic and acid lake sediments. Participants are welcome to bring along their own material too, e.g. sediment samples, slides, for personal tuition sessions.

    06 - 10 June 2005     London, UK

19th international Forum for Research into Ice Shelf Processes (FRISP)

    We welcome presentations on all aspests of ice shelf research, including, but not limited to:

    · formation, flow and disintegration of ice shelves;
    · response of ice shelves to past, present and future climate variability;
    · surface and basal mass balance of ice shelves;
    · mass transport across the grounding line;
    · ocean circulation and water transformation beneath ice shelves;
    · impact of ice shelves on the global ocean;
    · ice shelves of Greenland;
    · climate records from on or near current or former ice shelves;
    · iceberg drift, melting, and decay.

    07 - 08 June 2005     Bergen, Norway

Eastern Snow Conference 2005

    The Eastern Snow Conference (ESC) is a joint Canadian/U.S. organization founded in the 1940s originally with members from eastern North America. Today, Our members come from the United Kingdom, Japan and Germany, as well as North America. Our current membership includes scientists, engineers, snow surveyors, technicians, professors, students and professionals involved in operations and maintenance. The western counterpart to this organization is the Western Snow Conference (WSC), also a joint Canadian/US organization. Every fifth year or so, the ESC and WSC hold joint meetings.

    At its annual meeting, the Eastern Snow Conference brings the research and operations communities to discuss recent work on scientific, engineering and operational issues related to snow and ice. The location of the conference alternates yearly between the United States and Canada, and attendees present their work by giving talks or presenting posters...

    08 - 10 June 2005     Waterloo, Canada

Integrated History and future Of Planet Earth (IHOPE) 97th Dahlem Workshop

Rapid Landscape change and Human Response in the Arctic and Sub-Arctic

    The 3-day conference will review current research on the effects of climate and landscape change in the North throughout the Holocene, and on the chronology and nature of past environmental events. It will seek insights from past landscape changes and the way ancient peoples responded that might be useful for today’s changing environments. Research presentations are encouraged that seek to reconstruct the environmental history of environmental and cultural transitions or to unravel the cultural history of major environmental downturns. Contributions with an emphasis on establishing high-resolution chronologies of environmental and cultural change are particularly welcome. Discussion sessions will work on ways to communicate lessons learned to both the general public and environmental planners and authorities. Participants will be encouraged to go beyond standard scientific research findings. Topics include:
    - Holocene environmental change
    - Tracking current landscape and ecosystem change
    - Human pre-history and responses to changes on land and sea
    - The people’s story anthropology and legends
    - Human versus non-human drivers
    - Lessons for adaptation
    - Acknowledging natural change in thought and action

    This interdisciplinary meeting is under the aegis of the ICSU-IUGS project "DARK NATURE: RAPID NATURAL CHANGES, CATASTROPHES, AND HUMAN RESPONSES, and jointly with the IUGS Geoindicators Initiative. There are also links with INQUA, IUGG, IGU and IGBP.

    15 - 17 June 2005     Yukon, Canada

Ecology and Systematics of Diatoms

    Ecology and Systematics of Diatoms will introduce students to field and laboratory study of freshwater diatoms. The class will visit diverse aquatic habitats of the Upper Midwest to make live and fossil collections of a large number of freshwater diatom genera. Students will learn techniques in collection, preparation, and identification of diatom samples. Lectures will cover taxonomy, systematics and biogeography of most of the freshwater genera and address research methods and applications. Students will construct individual voucher collections using modern curatorial techniques.

    This is an intensive, field-oriented class appropriate for advanced undergraduate students, graduate students, and post graduate workers in ecology and diatom taxonomy. Students are encouraged to bring individual research materials, and there will be opportunities to discuss research approaches and practical problems of using diatoms in ecological and paleoecological applications.

    Class size is limited to ten students, so early enrollment is encouraged.
    Two Charles Reimer Scholarships will be awarded to students in the course based on scholastic merit. The John C. Kingston Teaching Fellowship will be awarded to one advanced student. The course description, information concerning Iowa Lakeside Laboratory, and registration information can be found at: our website. (click on the title)

    19 June - 15 July 2005     Minesota, USA

The Bering Strait, Rapid Climate Change, and Land Bridge Paleoecology

    JOI/USSSP is sponsoring an interdisciplinary workshop to discuss potential scientific ocean drilling in the Bering Sea Shelf basins. Reconstruction of the sea level history of the Bering Strait, including the exact timing of the opening and closing of the land bridge and the rates of associated sea level changes, is essential to understanding its role as a trigger, pacemaker, or benign observer of northern hemisphere climate changes. Strategic cores from the region will also help answer outstanding questions regarding Bering Land Bridge paleoecology and its impact on migration of plants and animals between Asia and North America. The purpose of the workshop is to formulate the key scientific questions, identify relevant drilling sites, discuss drilling platform options, and to begin coordinating subsequent geophysical surveys, proposals, and multi-proxy analyses.

    20 - 22 June 2005     Fairbanks, Alaska

AOGS 2005, the Asia Oceania Geosciences Society's 2nd Annual Meeting

    This follows its highly successful inaugural run which attracted high profile projects and scientists of national and international stature. Arising from this, new challenges have come about in creating international exchange, research programs abroad, educational outreach, forging many special ties and relationships that transcend geographical, political and racial boundaries.

    AOGS 2005 provides an exciting and continued forum for mind sharing, debate and professional networking. Just as the AGU and EGU conferences and exhibitions serve respectively the North American and European international geosciences communities, AOGS 2005 will serve that of Asia to Oceania - stretching from Kashmir to Wellington.

    AOGS will be the catalyst to bring together Asian and international scientists from Europe and the Americas who seek to develop partnership with them and to share their accumulated knowledge and experience.

    PAGES related session:
    OA12: Paleoceanography and Paleoclimatology
    IWG01: Open Session on Glacier and Ice Sheet Research

    20 - 24 June 2005     Singapore

GECHS Workshop on Human Security and Climate Change

    Human security can be thought of as having the capacity to avoid violent conflict, overcome vulnerability, and respond positively to environmental change. The general aim of this workshop is to reposition the climate change debate within the context of human security. While there has been substantial research into the impact of climate variability and change on society, most of this work has focused on climate as the driving force, rather than on how it interacts with the complex and rapidly changing socio-political environments that ultimately determine the security of individuals, communities, or nations.

    21 - 23 June 2005     Oslo, Norway

IGBP/AIMES ESS International Postdoctoral Scientist Network for Earth Systems Science First Workshop

    Many of the challenges we face in earth system science require not only the integration of complex physical processes into climate system models (e.g., the NCAR CCSM) but coupling biogeochemistry and chemistry with climate. Additionally, the global research community will require components that allow interactions between policy and decision making with environmental and climate considerations. The complexity of full biophysical models of the Earth's System requires considerable computational expense and makes deconvolution to understand the underlying processes difficult. Accordingly, intermediate complexity and simple models are tools that are valuable towards understand the more complex models and the real system they attempt to represent.

    As a step towards fuller integration of earth system science, IGBP/AIMES are planning an international postdoctoral scientist network for earth system science. This network will serve as a mechanism for promoting the development of the next generation of scientists to be increasingly cross-cutting as will be required by the future of Earth system modeling. An important element will be including participants from developing countries to both contribute their expertise in quickly changing and highly vulnerable environments, as well as to build the human resources in important regions of the globe for future science projects.

    To inaugurate the network we plan a first workshop in June, 2005. The workshop agenda will include talks from one senior person and several postdoctoral
    scientists on two topics:
    Topic 1: The end of nature? Human-earth systems interactions
    Topic 2: Is there a scenario in the class? Different views of the future (Multi-scaled approaches to Earth System modeling).

    All participates will be invited to give a talk or present a poster during the workshop. More information is available atour website(click on the title).

    23 - 25 June 2005     Breckenridge, Colorado

PAGES/CLIVAR workshop: 'Reconstructing past climates for future prediction: Integrating high-resolution palaeodata for meaningful prediction in the Australasian region'

    This 2-day workshop will bring together climatologists (palaeo and contemporary) and modellers working on a variety of different palaeoclimatic and historical datasets spanning the last 60,000 years to discuss their results within the context of past and future change in the region. The workshop will allow the presentation of the latest different palaeoclimatic datasets of relevance to the Australia and New Zealand region (from the ice, marine and terrestrial realms) and place the results in a global context. The workshop will provide an opportunity for the scientific community to discuss ways in which this data can be used more effectively to help us understand climate mechanisms for predicting future climate change and its variability on the millennial, centennial, decadal and annual timescales.

    To enhance the utility of the data in modelling applications, discussion will be made of the ways in which future research should be directed to develop methods of integrating and characterising the diverse palaeo indicators on a regional spatial scale. Additionally, it will be necessary to quantify the uncertainties associated with both the palaeo data and any resulting climate reconstructions. Nowhere is this more relevant than for the past millennium where reconstructions for the Northern Hemisphere have generated a robust discussion in the scientific community of methodological approaches to datasets. The workshop will pave the way for new and robust methods for reconstructing past climatic changes in the Australasian region for comparison to other datasets from around the world (including the Northern Hemisphere ‘hockey stick’ curve). The workshop will identify records where the assembly of data will provide higher temporal and spatial resolution than have previously been available (or attempted), and the provision of data in a manner suitable for use in model validation (including the last glacial-interglacial transition which is the focus of the INQUA Australasian INTIMATE Project). Participants who have attempted to calibrate palaeo data against existing instrumental climate records are keenly encouraged to attend.

    27 - 28 June 2005     Australia

LOICZ II Inaugural Open Science Meeting

    The Land-Ocean Interactions in the Coastal Zone (LOICZ) will be holding an inaugural open science meeting for its second decade of global environmental change research: LOICZ II. The purpose of the meeting is to provide a first forum to bring together the broad scientific community to address the geographic and scientific scope of LOICZ research for the next decade. The meeting organisers have made a call for abstracts that address one or more of the LOICZ II themes or cross-cutting activities.
    The themes are:
    1: Vulnerability of coastal systems and hazards to human.
    2: Implications of global change for coastal ecosystems and sustainable.
    3: Anthropogenic influences on the river basin and coastal zone interactions.
    4: Fate and transformation of materials in coastal and shelf waters.
    5: Towards coastal system sustainability by managing land-ocean interactions.
    The themes are complemented by Cross-cutting activities addressing issues of the advancement of a coastal typology, data and modelling, as well as capacity building and stakeholder involvement.
    Anyone interested in attending this meeting should see the website(click on the title) or contact the LOICZ International Project Office conference secretariat at loicz.conference@nioz.nl. Some financial support for attendance may be available.

    27 - 29 June 2005     Egmond aan Zee, Netherlands

HOLIVAR Training Course "Quantitative climate reconstruction and data-model comparisons"

    Full funding available for PhD students and young post-doctoral scientists affiliated with European institutions

    This course is intended for PhD students and young post-doctoral scientists interested in multi- and interdisciplinary study of Holocene climate variability. Offered to both palaeoclimatologists and climate modellers it covers in a single two-week programme of lectures and practical exercises the key themes of the ESF-HOLIVAR programme in an integrated way. The content of the course this year will largely follow the courses presented in London in 2003 and Ghent in 2004, with a larger emphasis on quantitative methods of reconstruction. The course is structured in 7 topical modules, each consisting of a series of lectures on the state of the art by leading climate-change scientists, related practical exercises, and group discussion of major research issues.

    Post-doctoral and PhD students affiliated with European institutions are invited to apply. Successful applicants receive full ESF-HOLIVAR funding to attend the course (travel, half-board accommodation and course fees).
    They will be expected to present a poster on their research, and contribute to a written summary of discussion themes and conclusions to be distributed at the end of the course. Application forms can be found on the HOLIVAR website (click on the title) or requested from Simon Brewer at brewer@cerege.fr.

    27 June - 07 July 2005     Toulouse, France

Nyanza Project

    Lake Tanganyika, the largest lake in the African Rift Valley, is the location of the Nyanza Project, a research opportunity for outstanding undergraduates, graduates and secondary school teachers interested in tropical lakes. The Nyanza Project is sponsored by the Paleoclimate Program, Division of Atmospheric Sciences, of the U.S. National Science Foundation. The project is run by The University of Arizona for the International Decade of East African Lakes (IDEAL), an organization that promotes research and training on African lakes. As a participant in the Nyanza Project you will join a team of U.S. and African students in a 7-week program of training and independent research.

    Students enrolled in the Nyanza Project will have all of their expenses paid (air fare, room/board and research costs) by the project and will receive a summer stipend.

    Application Deadline for Summer 2005 is 24 December 2004.

    29 June - 15 August 2005     Kigoma, Africa

Analysis of Environmental Data

    Analysis of Environmental Data will consist of morning lectures and afternoon practicals which will provide students with a training in the theory and application of a range of statistical techniques useful for the analysis of ecological and paleoecological data. Topics will include data management, exploratory data analysis, regression analysis, direct and indirect ordination methods, classification techniques, transfer functions and the analysis of temporal data. Practical classes will provide hands-on training in the use of statistical and graphical software including R, CANOCO, C2, and TWINSPAN.

    The course will be directed towards advanced undergraduate, graduate and working professionals in ecology and paleoecology. Students are encouraged to bring their own data for application of techniques learned in class. Class size is limited to twenty students and the course is available for credit or non-credit options. Information concerning Iowa Lakeside Laboratory and course registration can be found at our website. (click on the title)

    17 - 29 July 2005     Minesota, USA

Chapman Conference: Role of Marine Organic Carbon and Calcite Fluxes in Driving Global Climate Change, Past and Future

    We plan a synthesis of theory, modern observation, and paleo reconstruction of the organic carbon to calcium carbonate rain ratio from the euphotic zone, through the water column, and to the sea floor, and we hope to constrain its potential to interact with past and future climate.

    24 - 27 July 2005     Woods Hole, USA

9th Scientific Assembly of the International Association of Meteorology and Atmospheric Sciences (IAMAS)

    The theme of the IAMAS meeting is "The Fascinating Atmosphere: Changeable and Changing". The scientific program will cover all areas of meteorology and atmospheric sciences from the surface to the middle atmosphere, both for the Earth and for other planets.

    2 - 11 August 2005     Beijing, China

Earth System Processes 2

    An interdisciplinary, integrative scientific meeting exploring the interactions among   Earth's lithosphere, atmosphere, hydrosphere, cryosphere, and biota.

    Meeting Sponsors:
    • Geological Society of America
    • Geological Association of Canada

    with additional support from
    • Canadian Institute for Advanced Research
    • NASA Astrobiology Institute

    and the participation of the
    • European Geosciences Union

    8 - 11 August 2005     Alberta, Canada

PAGES' 2nd Open Science Meeting

International Association for the Physical Sciences of the Ocean

    The 2005 IAG/IAPSO/IABO Joint Assembly will offer a scientific program encompassing the most recent advances in geodesy, oceanography and marine biology. The dynamic nature of our planet naturally creates interactions of life within the oceans, the oceans themselves and the continents and many of the symposium sessions cover interdisciplinary themes.

    A total of 26 sessions are being planned covering broad topics such as:
    • ocean circulation
    • sea-level change
    • gravity field determination
    • Earth processes and deformation
    • reference frame definition
    • marine risks and sustainability
    • interannual and decadal-to-century climate predictability
    • census of marine life

    In addition, more focussed sessions will be held on topics such as recent developments in geodetic analyses, Argo and GODAE, pelagic bio-geography, atmospheric studies, deep ocean exchanges, geodesy of the planets and many other themes.

    PAGES related session at the meeting:

    P5 - Ocean interactions with sea ice, polynyas, ice shelves and Icebergs
    Conveners: D. Holland, I. Allison

    22 - 26 August 2005     Cairns, Australia

7th INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM ON THE GEOCHEMISTRY OF THE EARTH'S SURFACE (GES-7)

    The GES organization is a working group of the International Association of GeoChemistry (IAGC). Past meetings of the working group were held in Granada, Spain (1986), Aix-en-Provence, France (1990), University Park, Pennsylvania, USA (1993), Ilkey, England (1996), Reykjavik, Iceland (1999) and Honolulu, Hawaii (2002).

    The principal focus of the past meetings dealt with processes operating at the surface of the Earth. The GES-7 meeting continues that overall theme with some greater emphasis on the multiscale environmental biogeochemistry of the Earth's surface. The main mode of contribution to the technical sessions are invited oral contributions and posters that complement the themes of the oral presentations.

    We invite you to submit your scientific contributions to the GES7 which will be presented as posters. The organizing committee invites keynote speakers on each of the themes. The invited talks will act as the foci for the poster sessions which follow. All contributions must be accompanied by an extended abstract of 4 pages in length. The abstracts will be reviewed by the Scientific Committee and those accepted will be published in a special volume of Journal of Geochemical Exploration (JGE) from Elsevier.

    23 - 27 August 2005     Aix-en-Provence, France

Cave Climate and Paleoclimate- Best Record of the Global Change- II

    International symposium on "Cave Climate and Paleoclimate- Best Record of the Global Change- II" will be held on August 26 2005 during the International Congress of Speleology (ICS) in Greece, August 21-28 2005. More information regarding the meeting can be find on the Congress web site (click on the title)

    The symposium is primary focused on proxy records of past environmental changes and paleoclimate in speleothems and cave sediments. Symposium topics are:
    1. Underground Climatology
    2. Paleoclimatic Reconstruction from Karst Sediments
    3. Speleothem records of Environmental Changes.
    4. Ecosystems Impact on Karst Processes and Karst Records.
    5. Astrophysical and Geophysical Applications of Speleothem Records

    Short oral presentations can still be incorporated in the symposium program. One must be registered participant of the 14th ICS in order to give presentations at the Symposium (which is a part of the Congress).
    Chairman of the Symposium: Dr. Yavor Y. Shopov, YYShopov@phys.uni-sofia.bg

    26 August 2005     Athens, Greece

SOLAS SUMMER SCHOOL 2005

    The SOLAS Summer School is a biennial, international event that brings together over 70 students and 20 lecturers for a mix of lectures and practical workshops. It aims to teach the skills and knowledge of the many disciplines needed to understand the nature of biogeochemical and physical ocean-atmosphere interactions. It allows doctoral students and early-career researchers to see how their work fits into the broad canvas of SOLAS, and global change research more generally.

    We encourage applications from any doctoral students or early-career scientist interested in SOLAS science and have some funds available to support attendance.

    Application for the 2005 school is now open. For online application, details of the programme and more information see our website. (click on the title)

    29 August - 10 September 2005     Corsica, France

QRA 4th International Postgraduate Symposium

    The 'QRA 4th International Postgraduate Symposium' will be held from the 31st August to the 2nd of September 2005, organised by the School of Geography, University of Plymouth. The symposium will provide an opportunity for all postgraduates (both Masters and PhD students) working within the Quaternary sciences to discuss their research in a relaxed an informal atmosphere. Following two days of oral and poster presentations a field trip to visit a number of locations in SW England is planned, led by Professor Dan Charman. We also aim to have a full and active social events programme to enable you to make the most of your time in Plymouth.

    For more details please contact us at : QRA2005@plymouth.ac.uk or visit our website (click on the title).

    31 August - 02 September 2005     Plymouth, UK

International Symposium on High-Elevation Glaciers and Climate Records

    High-elevation glaciers are widely distributed in the world, not only at low and middle latitudes but also in the polar regions. Even on the ice sheets in polar regions, some ice cores have been drilled at quite high elevation. Snow cover is another important process in high-elevation regions. Glacial variations, snow cover and glacial records are very important in the study of climatic changes, water resources and disasters in high-elevation regions. This symposium will focus on glacier variations, processes and their consequences, snow cover and related processes, and climate records from glaciers.

    05 - 09 September 2005     Lanzhou, China

10th International Conference on Accelerator Mass Spectrometry (AMS-10)

    The 10th International Conference on Accelerator Mass Spectrometry (AMS-10) is being hosted by the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory’s Center for Accelerator Mass Spectrometry (CAMS). The conference will take place from September 5th through 10th on the campus of the University of California at Berkeley . The purpose of the conference is to provide a forum for scientists to present and discuss recent developments in AMS technology and applications.

    05 - 10 September 2005     California, USA

DARK NATURE: RAPID NATURAL CHANGE AND HUMAN RESPONSES

    Final Meeting, September 6 - 10, 2005, Villa Olmo, Como, Italy

    The Como 2005 Congress represents the concluding event of the ICSU-funded Project “Dark Nature - Rapid Natural Change and Human Responses”, awarded to a consortium of organizations headed by IUGS (International Union of Geological Sciences through its Geoindicator Initiative), and including IGU, IUGG, INQUA, IGBP

    06 - 10 September 2005     California, USA

8th (North Atlantic) INTIMATE International Workshop

    INTIMATE (INTegration of Ice core, MArine and TErrestrial records of the Last Termination) is a core project of the INQUA Palaeoclimate Commission. This Workshop will focus on the synthesis of paleoclimatic records in the North Atlantic Region during the last glacial and early Holocene (30-8 ka). The topics of discussion include correlations of paleoclimate records using tephrochronology and the new INTCAL04 calibration data-set, identification and mapping of the key records in the region, and new NGRIP timescale for the last Termination.

    10 - 14 September 2005     Myrdalur, Iceland

6th International Symposium on Applied Isotope Geochemistry (AIG-6)

    The Symposium is organized by the International Association of Geochemistry (IAGC).
    The topics include:

    -Advances in isotope techniques (such as multiple-collector ICP MS)
    -Traditional and non-traditional isotopes
    -Magmatic, sedimentary and extra-terrestrial isotope systems
    -Applications to biogeochemistry
    -Isotope tracers of hydrogeochemical processes
    -Distinguishing natural and anthropogenic contamination
    -Ecosystem-scale studies
    -Paleoenvironments
    -Isotope archives of global change and past pollution
    -Isotope constraints of greenhouse-gas budgets
    -Relationship between environment and human health

    11 - 16 September 2005     Prag, Czech Republic

15th International Symposium on Ostracoda

    The Berlin Ostracodology Group and the International Research Group on Ostracoda cordially invite you to attend the 15th International Symposium on Ostracoda. The symposium will be held on the Lankwitz campus of the Freie Universität Berlin in the very south of Berlin, Germany.

    Ostracod workers from all over the world and all disciplines are invited to present their scientific results, discuss their contributions, exchange ideas, and arrange future cooperations. As for many other groups of organisms, exchange of information between ostracod workers from different fields (biology, paleontology, geology, ecology) is crucial for modern, multidisciplinary research projects.

    We study and use ostracods for many different purposes today: (paleo)climatology, (paleo)ecology, biostratigraphy, oceanography, sedimentology, evolutionary ecology, biogeochemistry, genetics, taxonomy, and more. For many of these topics, exchange of information between biologists and geoscientists is of primary importance. Among ostracodologists, this kind of exchange has not been too bad during the last years (as compared to some other groups of organisms), but it still has to be considerably improved.

    "Ostracodology - linking bio- and geosciences" is therefore the main theme of our congress. We hope to contribute to a better understanding and more cooperations between ostracodologists from these different fields. We therefore particularly encourage talks and posters about such multidisciplinary projects, questions and ideas, and we will arrange a special session for this topic. Of course, any other contribution about ostracods, their biology and use within the scientific family is welcome.

    12 - 15 September 2005     Berlin, Germany

ACCENT Symposium: The Changing Chemical Climate of the Atmosphere

    The three main aims of the first ACCENT (Atmospheric Composition Change) Symposium are:

    1. To review the latest scientific progress on the changing chemical climate of the European atmosphere.
    2. To provide a "trade-fair" for the various activities aimed at integrating atmospheric composition and chemistry research in Europe.
    3. To provide an opportunity for interaction among scientists, policy makers and general public.

    12 - 16 September 2005     Ubrino, Italy

5th Karthaus Summer Course on Glaciers and Ice Sheets in the Climate System

    The course is organized by the Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Research, Utrecht University, the Netherlands. The course will provide a basic introduction to the dynamics of glaciers and ice sheets with a focus on ice-climate interactions (including ice cores). Lecturers include D. Dahl-Jenssen, W. Greuell, H. Gudmundsson, A. Jenkins, H. Miller, T. Payne, G. Kaser, K. Lambeck, A. Fowler, A. Stroeven, J. Oerlemans, C. Reijmer, R. Mulvaney, E. Wolff. The course is meant for Ph.D. students that work on (or will soon start working on) a glaciology-related climate project. A few places are available for junior scientists. There is no registration fee. Those accepted for the course will have free lodging with full board. However, travel costs cannot be reimbursed.

    13 - 24 September 2005     Karthaus, Italy

SORCE Science Meeting: Paleo Connections Between the Sun, Climate, and Culture

    We are pleased to announce the 2005 SORCE Science Meeting , motivated by the NASA/EOS Solar Radiation and Climate Experiment (SORCE). The agenda will consist of invited and contributed oral and poster presentations. We encourage your participation and hope that you will share this announcement with colleagues.

    14 - 16 September 2005     Durango, Colorado

Workshop on Coring in the Lake Tahoe Basin

    Off-shore and on-shore sedimentary sequences in the Lake Tahoe Basin can probably provide a continuous, two-million-year record of regional geologic processes. The goal of this workshop is to develop a plan for scientific coring of these sequences that will address questions related to the paleoclimate record of the Tahoe basin, its geologic hazards, its glacial geology and its hydrogeology. Applications to participate in the workshop are due July 31st. For more information about the workshop and the application process, visit our website (click on the title).

    15 - 18 September 2005     Tahoe City, California

2nd AVEC SUMMER SCHOOL

    Administered by the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK),Germany.

    The summer school will focus on the driving forces and processes of environmental change in Europe; the evaluation of ecosystem services provided to society; the full procedure of integrated vulnerability assessments, using multiple data sources, computer models, and dialogues between scientists and stakeholders.

    18 - 30 September 2005     Alpes de Haute-Provence, France

African Network on Global Environmental Change Science

    This workshop aims to gauge the interests and preferences of the African scientific community for a regional networking organisation to support global change science in the region (similar to APN and IAI in Asia and Latin America, respectively). Workshop participants will include African global change scientists, African global change national committees, ESSP and its projects, ICSU, related scientific initiatives (e.g. Resilience Alliance, Millennium Ecosystem Assessment), development-aid funding agencies, and African networking organisations. Contact: Eric Odada eodada@uonbi.ac.ke

    22 - 24 September 2005     Kenya

ESF Research Conference on Polar Regions and Quaternary

    Polar Regions and Quaternary Climate EuroConference toward an Integrative View of Climate in Antarctica and Circum-Antarctic Regions
    Chair: Jérôme Chappelaz (CNRS Grenoble, F)

    Scientific programme, application form and further detailed information are accessible on-line through our homepage (click on the title)

    Deadline for application (and for abstract submission): 20 June 2005.

    For further information, please contact Ms. Anne-Sophie Gablin (asgablin@esf.org), who is in charge of the practical organisation of this event.

    24 - 29 September 2005     Acquafredda di Maratea, Italy

56th AAAS Arctic Science Conference "Is the North that Different? Consequences of Arctic and Sub-Arctic Environmental Variation"

    The Arctic Division meeting in Kodiak, Alaska will cover natural resources, environmental change, and the impact of regime shifts and global change. Recent discoveries, their interpretation, and impacts on policy will be discussed with different perspectives ranging from economics to ecology. Plenary topics and symposium include economics of seafood, aquaculture, Amchitka Island, food security, tsunamis, and volcanoes.

    27 - 29 September 2005     Kodiak, Alaska

CLIMATIC INFERENCES FROM GLACIER VARIATIONS Session at the OPEN SCIENCE CONFERENCE GLOBAL CHANGE IN MOUNTAIN REGIONS

    This Open Science Conference will be the first opportunity for scientists and ecosystem managers concerned with global change impacts on mountain regions to hear results, exchange insights, and discuss joint activities for the future. The Conference is the concluding activity of the Global Change in Mountain Regions (GLOCHAMORE) project, funded by the European Commission.

    Who should attend:

    - All researchers (physical, biological and social scientists, self-identified as "mountain" or not) who can contribute to:
    1) analysis and dissemination of the results of past and ongoing research on global change in mountain regions; and
    2) preparation of an integrative research strategy for mountain regions that will effectively address the challenges of the 21st Century.
    - Managers and scientists interested in and responsible for Mountain Biosphere Reserves (MBRs) and other protected areas, to develop a strategy for implementing global change research in MBRs and other sites around the world.

    Conference outcomes

    - communication of new results between scientists and researchers working in the mountains of both industrialised and developing countries around the world;
    - a framework for long-term research on global change that can be implemented in Mountain Biosphere Reserves and other mountain locations in both industrialised and developing countries.

    > Session Announcement
    > Second Circular

    02 - 06 October 2005     Perth, Scotland

Biogeochemical Controls on Palaeoceanographic Proxies

    The aim of this Marine Studies Group meeting is to bring together palaeontologists, geochemists and palaeoceanographers who can contribute evidence that must be considered together to better constrain proxies that are used for palaeoclimate reconstruction.

    03 - 04 October 2005     London, UK

Course 4: Paleoclimate II: orbital forcing - data and models

    This forth out of the series of five courses within PROPER (Proxies in Paleoclimatology: Education and Research) aims to present a fully integrated data and model based assessment of the processes controlling long-term climate change. It will include a field excursion to demonstrate the sedimentary record of orbitally forced climate changes.

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    07 - 14 October 2005     Bratislava, Slovakia

6th Open Meeting of the Human Dimensions of Global Environmental Change Research Community

    Global Environmental Change, Globalization and International Security:  New Challenges for the 21st Century

    Timeline and deadlines for applications:
    Session submissions: 15 September - 15 November 2004
    Paper abstract submissions: 1 February 2005 – 10 March 2005
    Poster submissions: 1 February 2005 – 10 March 2005
    Capacity-building training seminars: 15 November 2004 – 15 February 2005

    Please understand that because of the large amount of interested participants, we are only able to process applications, including session and paper abstract submissions, through the Open Meeting website.

    09 - 13 October 2005     Bonn, Germany

X ABEQUA CONGRESS (Associação Brasileira de Estudos do Quaternário)

    Continetal, coastal and marine Quaternary themes: paleoceanography, coastal dynamics, paleontology and micropaleontology,paleoclimates and paleoecology, archeology and neotectonics, coastal management, naturals resources and new tecnologies.

    09 - 16 October 2005     Brasil

2nd Southern Deserts Conference: "Human - Environment Interactions in Southern Hemisphere Deserts: Past, Present, and Future"

    This conference is a step towards a comparative southern hemisphere view of how humans interacted with and responded to the evolution of arid environments from prehistory to modern times. Guided by the past perspective, current issues of human interactions and conflicts with the desert environment shall be evaluated. Can this knowledge be used for future sustainable development paths?

    Following the challenges raised by the 1st Southern Deserts Conference (Canberra 2003) this event will enhance networks of interdisciplinary scientific cooperation and bring together a broad variety of specialist from environmental, social and human sciences.

    10 - 14 October 2005     Arica, Chile

GSA session - Glacial Geology and Lake Sedimentology: In Memory of Geoffrey O. Seltzer

    The 2005 Annual Meeting of the Geological Society of America will include a theme session honoring the scientific legacy of Geoff Seltzer (1959-2005). Geoff is best known for exploring the rich paleoclimate proxy records of high-altitude lakes to improve our understanding of glacial-interglacial cycles in the Andes.

    We encourage all of you who study glaciation in the tropics, the climatic history of the Andes, and lacustrine paleoclimate records in general to submit an abstract to this session. The abstract deadline is July 12.

    Co-conveners:
    Don Rodbell (Union College)
    Jacquie Smith (Syracuse University and Union College)

    16 - 19 October 2005     Utah, USA

Evolution of the Antarctic ice sheet: new understanding and challenges

    The meeting will be arranged around fourteen invited talks, with an open poster session.
    Speakers that have agreed to contribute include: Bob Bindschadler; Duncan Wingham and Andrew Shepherd; Eric Rignot; David Vaughan; Stan Jacobs; David Holland; David Bromwich; Philippe Huybrechts; Richard Hindmarsh; Andrew Fowler; Ian Joughin; Rob Arthern; Jonathan Gregory and Richard Alley; and Andreas Vieli.

    We hope to discuss all aspects of the Antarctic ice sheet's recent and future response to
    climate change. This includes sessions on the record from satellite observations; evidence of external forcing from the oceans and atmosphere; modelling the ice sheet's dynamics; and assessing the implications for global sea levels.

    If you are interested in attending the meeting, you should contact the Royal Society via their web page on the meeting.

    17 - 18 October 2005     London, UK

2005 NORTHWEST GLACIOLOGY MEETING

    University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada

    For more than 35 years the Northwest Glaciology Meetings have provided an informal setting for glaciologists to present new work as well as fresh ideas.
    Student participation is especially encouraged. For additional information link to the NWG 2005 web page(click on the title)

    21 - 22 October 2005     Vancouver, Canada

Biomonitoring session

    UPDATE and CALL FOR PAPERS
    Climate and Fisheries conference:
    Impacts, Uncertainty and Responses of Ecosystems and Communities
    Victoria, BC, Canada; 26-28 October 2005

    We would like to draw your attention to a session on environmental biomonitoring held at the Climate and Fisheries Conference (Impacts, Uncertainty and Responses of Ecosystems and Communities) in Victoria, BC, Canada from 26-28 October 2005. The session is entitled "Innovative biomonitoring techniques for aquatic ecosystems". For a brief description of the session objectives see below. Additional information on the meeting may be obtained by clicking on the title.

    We would like to encourage you to attend the conference and submit an abstract for our session. The deadlines have been extended. You can submit your contributions (poster / oral presentation) until Sep 20, 2005. Please direct your abstract to the following email address and refer to the session title: mark@fishclimate.ca (Program Chair, Mark Johannes).

    26 - 28 October 2005     Victoria, Canada

2nd International Alfred Wegener Symposium

    Alfred Lothar Wegner was born on 1 November 1880 in Berlin and died in early November 1930 while attempting to assist his colleagues Johannes Georgi and Ernst Sorge during a Greenland expedition.

    Alfred L. Wegener was exceptional in the coupling of his scientific creativity with remarkable productivity. He worked on many complex issues from the most diverse fields of natural sciences (astronomy, meteorology, glaciology, geology, tectonics, and geophysics), and he was as much at home in these fields as on the Greenland ice cap. Wegener's insights and, above all, his interdisciplinary way of thinking stimulate scientists until today. However, his work remains unfinished because of his early death in 1930, and many questions are still unanswered.

    In this context, occasional delving back into Wegener's time and thinking becomes almost obligatory. Viewing the present from his perspective serves not only in critical evaluation of past achievements, but also in developing visions for the future.

    During the "1st International Alfred Wegener Symposium" in 1980, this was done for the first time. Over the 25 subsequent years, many new scientific insights have been gained. Hence, it is time, once again, to look back into the past, into the present, and ahead to the future.

    Oral and poster presentations are invited for the following themes:
    - Meteorology
    - Glaciology
    - Geosciences (geology, geophysics, (plate)-tectonics, palaeontology)
    - Geothemes in the future
    - History of science (historical science reflections on fields 1, 2 and 3, as well as honouring Wegener's personal achievements and expeditions)

    All scientists interested in presenting their current research results and findings from the subject areas above, either as oral or poster presentation, are cordially invited to submit abstracts.

    The deadline for abstract submission is Wednesday, 18 May 2005.
    Abstracts must be submitted in English.

    30 October - 02 November 2005     Bremerhaven, Germany

11th World Lake Conference

    The World Lake Conference is a biennial conference co-organized by ILEC and the local host country. Previous conferences have been held in Japan, USA, Hungary, China, Italy, Argentina and Denmark. In 2005 the conference moves to Kenya and will be held in Africa for the first time.

    The proposed Theme of the 11th World Lake Conference is " Management of Lake Basins for their Sustainable Use: Global Experiences and African Issues". All are cordially invited to attend and participate.

    > 2nd Announcement.pdf

    31 October - 04 November 2005     Nairobi, Kenya

CRYOLIST--IGS Nordic Branch Meeting 2005

    We are proud to announce that the annual meeting of the Nordic Branch of the International Glaciological Society will be held at the Geocenter Copenhagen, Denmark, from Thursday to Saturday, 3-5 November, 2005.
    The IGS Nordic Branch Meeting will provide a informal venue for Nordic based glaciologists and glaciology students to present their latest results and projects and aims to stimulate discussion and networking among the participants. Students and young researchers are especially encouraged to present their work.

    03 - 05 November 2005     Copenhagen, Denmark

Arctic Sea Ice Thickness: Past and Present

    The recent European Union GreenICE project (Greenland Arctic Shelf Ice and Climate Experiment) established an ice camp north of Alert in spring 2004 and achieved a successful blend of mapping current sea ice thickness (using tiltmeter buoys, airborne laser, and EM) and investigating sea ice conditions over the past 120,000 years by seabed coring using lightweight equipment. The results need to be seen within the wider context of how the international community is planning to monitor arctic sea ice in this period of rapid change and of what observations and models are telling us about how the arctic sea ice cover fluctuated in the past.

    This international workshop is intended to be a forum in which scientists in this field can present their latest results and can discuss how the community can work together to achieve a more integrated approach to arctic ice thickness mapping in the future. The workshop will be held at Rungstedgaard conference centre and hotel, on the coast just outside Copenhagen on 8-9 November 2005. It will immediately precede the ICARP-II conference (International Conference on Arctic Research Planning). The workshop organizers hope that many delegates will choose to attend both meetings.

    If you are interested in attending the workshop and especially if you wish to present a paper or a poster, please notify: Olivia Low
    E-mail: o.low@damtp.cam.ac.uk

    08 - 09 November 2005     Copenhagen, Denmark

First DIVERSITAS International Conference on Biodiversity

    In keeping with DIVERSITAS' mission, the Conference will:
    - Promote integrative biodiversity science, linking biological, ecological and social disciplines in an effort to produce socially relevant new knowledge; and
    - Further develop the scientific basis for the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity.

    The second call for the First DIVERSITAS Open Science Conference:
    "Integrating biodiversity science for human well-being" is now out.
    http://www.diversitas-international.org/second_call.pdf

    The second call includes information on the science programme, related activities and social events, as well as the call for abstracts and a special call for young scientists and developing country scientists.
    Please visit also the conference website at http://www.diversitas-osc1.org.

    Abstract submission:   October 2004
    Registration open:       January 2005
    Abstracts due:            31 March 2005

    09 - 12 November 2005     Oaxa, Mexico

Second International Conference on Arctic Research Planning ICARP II

    The goal of ICARP is to prepare Arctic research plans to guide international cooperation over the next 10-15 years.
    A comprehensive pre-conference process has engaged over 140 scientists in the preparation of eleven draft science plans, now available.
    ICARP will bring together senior and young scholars, policy experts, Arctic indigenous and other residents, science and land managers as well as funding agencies to discuss and extend the draft plans taking special note of the problems, priorities and concerns of those who live in or near the Arctic.
    The outcome of ICARP will complement ongoing national and international programmes and planned major initiatives, such as the International Polar Year (IPY), in order to guide international cooperation over the next decade of change in the Arctic.

    10 - 12 November 2005Copenhagen, Denmark

First joint HITE-POLLANDCAL Conference

    The conference will focus on Holocene human impact on terrestrial ecosystems on short to long time scales, and look at human interactions with climate, i.e. research relevant to the goals of the IGBP-Pages Focus 5, activity HITE (Human Impact on Terrestrial Ecosystems). Because land-cover changes is one of the important aspects of HITE-related research, the conference will include a special session on the recent efforts in pollen calibration and quantitative reconstruction of past land-cover conducted within the POLLANDCAL (POLlen-LANDscape CALibration) NordForsk (Nordic Research Board) network.

    Day 1: (24th October) HITE topics, i.e. Human impact on terrestrial ecosystems on long-term to short term time scales.

    Day 2: (25th October) Reconstruction of past land-cover change: methods, results and applications, i.e. presentation (lectures) of the POLLANDCAL achievements and other contributions related to pollen calibration and quantitative land-cover reconstruction.

    Deadline for registration and registration fee: September 1st 2005
    Deadline for Poster Abstracts: September 15th 2005

    13-14 November 2005     Umea, Sweden

Climate Science in Support of Decision Making

    The U.S. Climate Change Science Program (CCSP) is holding a workshop in the Washington DC area addressing the capability of climate science to inform decision making. The workshop will serve as a forum to address the Program’s progress and future plans regarding its three decision support approaches:
    1. Prepare scientific syntheses and assessments on key climate science issues.
    2. Develop and illustrate adaptive management and planning capabilities.
    3. Develop and evaluate methods to support climate change policymaking.

    The workshop will include discussion of decision-maker needs for scientific information on climate variability and change, as well as expected outcomes of CCSP’s research and assessment activities that are necessary for sound resource management, adaptive planning, and policy formulation.

    14 - 16 November 2005     Washington DC, USA

The last 15ka of environmental change in Mediterranean regions. Interpreting different archives

    Climatic changes and its consequences are of major importance in modern science. Nowadays we see heavy floods, accelerated erosion processes, distinct droughts even if its origin cannot without doubt be stated. But the problem is up to date and many societies are seriously concerned about future climate changes. Quaternary research is an important scientific field for understanding modern Global Climatic Change and its recent impact on regional landscape evolution.Within the scope of Quaternary research, the reconstruction of palaeoclimate and palaeo-environment rates high, its research has more and more turned into an interdisciplinary science field during previous years.

    Climate-driven geomorphic processes are mainly determined by water (precipitation), wind and landscape configuration (relief, vegetation cover, pedologic and petrographic conditions). Hence, geomorphic change in subtropical regions reflects more the hygric than the thermal component of the climate. Geomorphic-sedimentological proxy data therefore provide an opportunity to complement the highly temperature-orientated approach in research of Quaternary climate change through valuable information concerning humidity at a regional scale. In order to reconstruct environmental changes, we are dependent on palaeoclimatic records of various methods and tools (historical archives, pollen profiles, marine cores, coral reefs, speleothems, alluvial sediments etc.) taking into account that the comparability of different archives is markedly limited.

    Archive investigation for the purpose of climate change research is a large interdisciplinary area. It will be for the first time that international well known researchers from different disciplines meet together focusing on similar topics.

    17 - 19 November 2005     Baeza, Spain

Course 5: Paleoclimate III: Rapid climate change - data nd models

    Within PROPER a series of five courses are organized covering the most relevant
    aspects related to Paleo- Climate research from the basics to the latest developments.
    The courses will be hosted at different locations throughout Europe. PROPER invites
    applications for course 5

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    28 November - 03 December 2005     Gif sur Yvette, France

International Organisations and Global Environmental Governance

    More systematic work needs to be done on the actors at the international level that identify, analyse, manage and evaluate the pressing problems of global environmental change, notably the plethora of intergovernmental organisations and programmes that are entrusted with assisting in the mitigation of, and adaptation to, global environmental change. These organisations are the central focus of this conference.
    Deadline for proposals is 31 May 2005.

    02 - 03 December 2005     Berlin, Germany

AGU Fall meeting 2005

    PAGES-IMAGES co-sponsor a special session at the upcoming AGU Fall Meeting and invite contrtibutions:

    OS07: *Indonesian Throughflow Variability: Present and Past - a PAGES-IMAGES session*

    Conveners:
    Arnold L. Gordon, LDEO, Columbia University
    Thorsten Kiefer, PAGES Office, Bern
    Wolfgang Kuhnt, Ralph Schneider, University of Kiel

    Session Description:
    The Indonesian throughflow (ITF) injects Pacific Ocean tropical water into the Indian Ocean. It is constrained by the complex pathways through the Indonesian Archipelago, with passages of varied widths and topographic barriers. The transport and thermohaline stratification of the ITF influences the heat and freshwater budgets of the Pacific and Indian Oceans and alters patterns of heat and water vapor exchange with the atmosphere. The ITF may therefore be considered a key component for regional climate systems such as the El Nino Southern Oscillation and the Australasian monsoon. The ITF may play a central role in the global "conveyor" circulation, and therefore also exert critical control on global climate. The ITF has been observed to vary on seasonal and interannual time scales in response to changing patterns of regional climate. On longer, geological timescales, there is evidence that the ITF was substantially modulated by changes in the geometry of the Indonesian pathways due to sea level changes during the Pleistocene and tectonic reorganizations of the archipelago during the Cenozoic. However, our quantitative knowledge on the magnitude, dynamics, and mechanisms of ITF variability as well as its effect on regional oceanography and climate requires improvement for the ITF to be realistically included in climate (prediction) scenarios.

    Global ocean observations and satellite observations provide a growing database for advancement in that field. Likewise, paleoceanographic coring campaigns generate new high-resolution data on past ITF variability. Results from numerical modeling of the throughflow on a large scale (including Pacific and Indian oceans) and in high resolution in the Indonesian region are crucial for the analysis of observed data. This session seeks to bring together observation based scientists and modelers from both, the oceanographic and the paleoceanographic communities. Synergies are expected towards a better quantitative understanding of the operation of the Pacific-Indian interocean exchange and its effect on regional and global climate. Studies from between the Western Pacific to the Agulhas region (and possibly beyond) on timescales from human to extra-orbital are welcome.

    Deadline for abstract submission is 8 September.

    05 - 09 December 2005     San Francisco, USA

International Symposium on Sea Ice

    The sea-ice of the Arctic and Antarctic Seas exerts a major impact on the regional oceans and atmosphere, concomitantly affecting global climate and modifying the global oceans. It also strongly influences the ecology of the polar oceans. Through remote sensing, fieldwork and modelling, often with a multidisciplinary flavour, scientists are well placed to make significant progress over the next two decades in our understanding of this vital constituent of the geosphere and biosphere at all scales. Succeeding the very successful 'International Symposium on Sea Ice and its Interactions', held in Fairbanks Alaska during June 2000, the overarching goal of this Symposium is to promote interdisciplinary discussion of the geophysics of sea ice and its interactions with the ocean, atmosphere and biosphere.

    05 - 09 December 2005     Dunedin, New Zealand

6th International Conference on Global Change: Connection to the Arctic (GCCA-6)

    The GCCA conferences have been organized by the International Arctic Research Center at the University of Alaska Fairbanks and member universities and institutes of the University Consortium for GCCA in Japan in order to study arctic climate change, global warming, and to predict the future changes. Through the previous five GCCA conferences, crucial research topics were identified and the importance of integration efforts was recognized. The focus of this conference is (1) to integrate our understanding of the role of the Arctic in the global climate change in order to provide the perspective of the arctic research for the next decade and (2) to formulate joint research projects between Japanese and world-wide researchers for the specific target of the International Polar Year (IPY) to be held in 2007 - 2008.

    For the session on "Ice Sheets, Glaciers and Paleoclimate", convened by Prof. Atsumu Ohmura (ETH Zurich) and myself, contributions are still welcome (poster presentations only). The submission deadline is September 30. Further, contributers are kindly invited to provide a four-page proceedings paper, due by October 31.

    12 - 13 December 2005     Tokyo, Japan

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