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Date and time
Thursday, January 3, 2019 - 11:00 to Saturday, January 5, 2019 - 14:00
Address
Parkgate Road
Chester
Cheshire
CH1 4BJ
United Kingdom

About the Event

Environmental Change: Pace, Magnitude and Impact

Scientific Themes

  • Rates of change (e.g. climate, sea-level, ecosystem, sediment flux)
  • Impacts of change at various spatial scales, specifically system response to change
  • Record correlation to establish leads and lags across a range of temporal scales
  • Methodological advances in quantifying rates and magnitudes of environmental change

Rationale and Scope

Quantifying the pace, magnitude and impacts of environmental change are overarching themes in Quaternary research, allowing insights into system behaviour and interconnectivity, and fundamentally informing the effective management and stewardship of the natural environment. Impressive advances have been achieved across the discipline. For example, our understanding of the magnitude and regional expression of millennial-scale climate oscillations has improved as the geographical range and quality of proxy records has grown, whilst various methodological advances have permitted magnitudes of change to be more precisely quantified. Advances in chronology have led to increasingly precise quantification of pace, or rates, of change, whilst improved detection of cryptotephras has facilitated correlation between more distal marine, ice and terrestrial records, allowing further insights into system leads and lags. Detailed studies at the catchment scale reveal the potential for complex and non-linear impacts on systems as a result of environmental disturbance, with implications for effective management. Indeed, identifying the onset of profound and pervasive human impacts on the functioning of the Earth system is currently the focus of widespread debate surrounding the proposed recognition and definition of the ‘Anthropocene’.

We invite contributions which detail the latest research into the pace, magnitude and impact of environmental change as recorded in terrestrial and marine depositional sequences and in geomorphic records. We also invite contributions which focus on record integration and system simulation.The Annual Discussion Meeting at Chester aims to provide a platform to encourage cross-disciplinary interaction and integration, and an opportunity to discuss emerging challenges.

Event organisers: Graham Wilson, Katharine Welsh, Amanda Williams and Philip Marren.

For an overview of the Conference Programme, please see the Programme Outline.

If you wish to attend this event, please book your place via the fees, rates and options page. This page also provides key deadlines for abstract submission and payment.

If you wish to submit an abstract, please use the abstract template available on the Abstract Submission and Joining Intructions page.

For essential venue details and joining instructions, please dowlonad the 'Joining Instructions' pdf file available on the Abstract Submission and Joining Instructions page.

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Parkgate Road
Chester
Cheshire
CH1 4BJ
United Kingdom