Environment Evolution Commission of IGU

forthcoming events

IGU THEMATIC CONFERENCE DEDICATED TO THE CENTENNIAL OF THE INSTITUTE OF GEOGRAPHY OF RUSSIAN ACADEMY OF SCIENCES “РRACTICAL GEOGRAPHY AND XXI CENTURY CHALLENGES”, MOSCOW, RUSSIA, 4-6 JUNE 2018

The conference which will be held under the auspices of the International Geographical Union (IGU) is dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the Institute of Geography of the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS) - the largest world-renowned geographical research organization in Russia. This occasion provides an opportunity to make an overview of the domestic and international trends in geography’s development to analyze the growing impact of scientific research internationalization, the aggravation of global problems, changing theoretical paradigms, radical renewal of research methods and predictions’ validity, as well as to strengthen the integration between social and environmental branches of geography. The main task of the conference is to consolidate the Russian and international experience in practically oriented studies in the field of social and environmental geography meeting the diverse and critical challenges of the XXI century.

    Program of the Conference:
  • 100 years of Russian geography
  • Environmental challenges
  • Socio-environmental challenges
  • Social challenges
  • Geopolitical challenges
  • Technological challenges
  • Informational challenges
  • Challenges to geographical education
    The section of “Environmental challenges” includes follow topics:
  • Climate change: environmental security, vulnerability and adaptability of territorial systems.
  • Water use and the reducing of hazardous hydrological phenomena risks.
  • Geochemical processes of natural and anthropogenic substances transfer.
  • The geographical basis for the creation of the territorial environmental framework: multi-scale analysis and harmonization.

All information about the Conference is available on the web-site
www.igras.ru

    The IGU Commission on Environment Evolution will organize 2 special sessions in a frame of this Conference
  • Session 1. Paleogeography: learning about the past for the future
    conveners: Elena Novenko and Andrey Panin
    Climate change is a major factor strongly influencing all natural, economic and social processes, and varying enormously across space and time. An assessment of ecosystems response to global climatic changes, appearing mainly as temperature growth and changes in precipitation patterns, is a key scientific problem that demands multi-proxy investigations on global, regional and local scales. Expertises in the modern status of landscapes and in projections of future changes are impossible without a good understanding of earlier landscapes, climate dynamics, and ecosystems functioning including their adaptation to environmental changes. Such knowledge would enable us to improve management options in terms of adaptation of ecosystem services to climate change and mitigation of negative impacts. The aim of this session is to bring an up-to-date perspective on environmental and climatic change and its impact on landscape dynamics and traditional land use. We invite experts from such fields as paleogeography, geology, archaeology, ecology and biology to make presentations that convey and exchange academic viewpoints on any aspects of the field. The proposed session will focus on the following resect topics: 1) environmental changes and climate variability during the Pleistocene and Holocene; 2) human impacts on landscapes in different time periods, including historical time 3) use of paleoanalogues to develop prognostic scenarios of geosystem dynamics.
  • Session 2. Climate - vegetation interaction under present and future climate change scenarios
    Conveners: Alexander Olchev and Alexander Kislov
    The session is aimed to bring together the scientists working in the fields of climate, vegetation and land use changes. Modern climate changes have significant impact on growth and functioning of the different plant communities. On the other hand, the climate is very sensitive to land cover and vegetation changes. What are the main mechanisms of climate - atmosphere interactions, how the vegetation and land use changes influence the climate system and what is the response of the different plant communities to climate change are key questions for discussions in the session. We invite to take part in the session the specialists working in the different scientific areas (meteorology, climatology, forest ecology, paleogeography, ecological modeling, etc.)

      The main topic of the session:
    • Current climate and vegetation changes;
    • Forest - atmosphere interactions;
    • Prediction of possible future vegetation and land use changes under different climate change scenarios

IMPORTANT DATES AND DEADLINES:

15 January 2018 — deadline for abstracts submission
20 February 2018 — decision on paper acceptance; early bird registration opens
15 April 2018— preliminary program published
20 April 2018 — early bird registration closes
04 June 2018 — conference «Practical geography and XXI century challenges»

Conference venue

The conference will be held in the main building of the Russian Academy of Sciences in Moscow’s historical center near the Moskva-river

IGU THEMATIC CONFERENCE DEDICATED TO THE CENTENNIAL OF THE INSTITUTE OF GEOGRAPHY OF RUSSIAN ACADEMY OF SCIENCES “РRACTICAL GEOGRAPHY AND XXI CENTURY CHALLENGES”, MOSCOW, RUSSIA, 4-6 JUNE 2018

The theme of 2018 IGU Regional Conference in Quebec is “Appreciating Difference”. The conference encourages reflection and discussion on the diversity of landscapes, peoples, and knowledge that constitute our contemporary world and the challenges engendered by such differences. Difference is not in itself a threat, as environmental dangers, technological risks or climate change can be. Rather, difference may be viewed as a useful resource waiting to reveal its full potential.

    Among the reflections that could be discussed, let us mention:
  • Bridging Nature-Cultural dualisms;
  • Social dynamics within multilingual or multicultural political entities;
  • Native communities and the legacy of colonialism;
  • North-South dialogues in the 21st century;
  • Regions and regionalism in the era of globalization;
  • Critical geography and multiple ontologies;
  • Differing impacts, costs and politics of environmental and climatic change at regional and global scales;
  • Borders, Nation States and Postnationalism – reconsidering human migrations at multiple scales of analysis;
  • How language structures geography and geographical communication.

All information about the Conference is available on the web-site
igu2018.ulaval.ca

    The IGU Commission on Environment Evolution will organize 2 special sessions in a frame of this Conference
  • Session 1. Climatic change and human-environment interactions at regional and global scales during the Holocene and recent past
    Conveners: Alexander Olchev and Elena Novenko
    The session will be focused on a review of available knowledge on the forced and unforced climate variability and dynamics of human-environment interactions during the last 12 thousand years. Fruitful discussion needs presenting and analysis of already existed data sets and results of new observations, data from natural archives, results of modeling experiments, etc. One of the key scientific questions of the session is to explain how human activities have influenced and changed natural ecosystems at regional and global scales and how differ consequence of these impacts. For fruitful discussions we invite the specialists in landscape ecology and palaeoecology.
      The main topic of the session are:
    • Local, regional and continental reconstructions of landscape dynamics during the Holocene using multy proxy data collected from lakes sediments, peat bogs, trees, speleothems and other natural archives
    • Differing impacts, costs and politics of environmental and climatic change at regional and global scales
    • Human impacts and land use in the Holocene and in the recent past
    • Historical documentary sources and their application for climate reconstructions over timescales from the medieval period to the 20th century.
    • The effect of land use / land cover changes on landscape structure
  • Session 2. Climate - vegetation interaction under past and future climate conditions
    Conveners: Alexander Olchev and Elena Novenko
    The session is aimed to bring together the scientists working in the fields of climate - vegetation interaction, climate and land use changes. The climate changes have significant impact on growth and functioning of the different plant communities. On the other hand, the climate is very sensitive to land cover and vegetation changes. What are the main mechanisms of climate - atmosphere interactions in past and at present, how the vegetation and land use changes influence the climate system and what is the possible response of the different plant communities to climate change in future are key questions for discussions in the session. We invite to take part in the session the specialists working in the different scientific areas (meteorology, climatology, ecology, paleogeography, etc.)
      The main topic of the session:
    • Climate and vegetation changes in the past epochs;
    • Modern climate and vegetation changes and its interaction;
    • Projections of possible future vegetation and land use changes under different climate change scenarios
    • Men - climate - vegetation interaction under climate changes

IMPORTANT DATES AND DEADLINES:

Call for Papers — October 2017
Registration - Early Bird — November 2017
Deadline for abstracts submission— March 2018
Notification of acceptance to authors and mailing of invitation letter — May 2018
Registration - Late — July 2018

The Newsletter of the IGU Commission on Environment Evolution is published annually and distributed electronically to the members of the Commission and IGU society.
The newsletter is also posted on the website: http://eecomm.org
Editor: Elena Novenko, lenanov@mail.ru
Web-design: Anna Chepurnaya, che@igras.ru

Environment Evolution Commission