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LandCover6k: New Land-Cover and Land-Use Datasets for evaluation and improvement of Anthropogenic Land-Cover Change Scenarios

Dates:
02.12 - 04.12.2021  
Venue:
Philadelphia, PA, USA
Contact person:
Chad Hill, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Website:
http://web.sas.upenn.edu/land-us...

The PAGES LandCover6k working group 4th General Workshop, titled "New Land-Cover and Land-Use Datasets for evaluation and improvement of Anthropogenic Land-Cover Change Scenarios", will be held from 2-4 December 2021.

The current goal is to offer a hybrid workshop online and in-person in Philadelphia, PA, USA.

(This workshop was originally planned for 9-10 October 2020.)

Venue

Online and

University of Pennsylvania
University Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Logistics

Numbers for in-person attendees will be limited based on the pandemic protocols, however there may be space for up 35 attendees. We will also hold a public keynote lecture one evening.

This is the 4th General Workshop of LandCover6k, and the final one of the working group's second phase (2018-2020).

Description

Following several years of preparation and capacity-building, LandCover6k is now moving into a next phase of data collection, analysis and application. Following extensive and iterative consultation at a number of international meetings, the Land Use group has finalised the classification system and the geodatabase platform within which data will be collated, and we are now in the process of training members of our regional sub-groups in their use.

During Phase 1 of LandCover6k (2015-2018), pollen-based reconstructions of past land cover were achieved for most of the northern hemisphere North of 40 degrees. Since 2018 progress was made for the Mediterranean area, parts of Africa, southern China and India, and new reconstructions will be available for these regions by the time of the workshop. Until now, the two strands of data gathering (land use and land cover) have operated independently - this next phase of work generates products that synthesise these data to explicit assess past anthropogenic land cover change (ALCC), the stated goal of LandCover6k.

To this end, a PAGES-sponsored workshop held in Sitges, Spain, in September 2018, brought together members of the climate modeling community with paleoecologists and archaeologists working on land use and land cover (LULC) to design experiments that test how our products affect simulations of the climate-carbon cycle, in order to identify which data are most pertinent and refine our reconstructions accordingly. A Past Global Changes Magazine issue discusses these in detail.

This workshop will provide a forum for the wider LandCover6k network – archaeologists, paleoecologists, climate modelers – to evaluate and refine our data collection protocols, plan publications and other modes of dissemination and communication, and develop strategies for future products and experiments. These discussions will be essential for the continued success of LandCover6k and for that of the next generation of paleoclimate reconstructions.

Program

Details will be provided as soon as possible.

Aims

Since 2018, LandCover6k has organized focused workshops aimed at achieving first priority products for the purpose of climate modeling. These products include pollen-based quantitative reconstructions of land-cover (LC) change over the Holocene, and archaeology-based land-use (LU) maps and per-capita estimates for key time windows of the Holocene. These LULC products are either global or hemispheric/continental/subcontinental.

This General Workshop has the aim to present and discuss all LandCover6k LULC products to date, the first evaluations of HYDE and revised ALCCs, and the results of the modeling experiments performed during 2019. The goal will be to make a first overall evaluation of the work so far, and plan the last year of LandCover6k's Phase 2 and its synthesis.

Travel and accommodation

Access information here: https://web.sas.upenn.edu/land-use-mapping-south-southeast-asia/travel-and-accomodation/

Registration

Details of the hybrid organization of the workshop are still being worked out as the pandemic situation evolves, but numbers will be limited for in-person attendees. Please register your interest, below, in attending either in person or virtually.

Deadline for registration of interest: 1 September 2021
 
Please fill in this Google form to register for the workshop: LC6k Workshop Registration

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Further information

Go to the official workshop website.

Questions can be sent to workshop organizers Kathy Morrison: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Chad Hill: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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