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Dates:
30.01 - 01.02.2017  
Venue:
Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium
Contact person:
Veerle Vanacker, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Website:
http://www.climate.be/gloss

The Global Soil and Sediment Transfers in the Anthropocene (GloSS) database meeting will be held at the Earth and Life Institute, Université catholique de Louvain, Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium, from 30 January to 1 February 2017.

Background

Anthropogenic soil erosion causes soil degradation, reduces soil productivity, compromises freshwater ecosystem services and drives geomorphic and ecological change in rivers and their floodplains. It is now well accepted that the rate of anthropogenic soil erosion exceeds the rate of soil production by several orders of magnitude in many parts on Earth, threatening the sustainability of food production systems that are essential to human well-being. Despite our knowledge of the mechanistic relationships between soil erodibility, land use and climate based on individual case-studies, the heterogeneity of land use history implies that global patterns of anthropogenic soil erosion and fluvial sediment transfer remain poorly understood.

The objective of the GloSS Working Group (WG) is to determine the sensitivity of soil resources and sediment routing systems to varying land use types, under contrasting climate regimes. To achieve this, the GloSS WG analyzes the global pattern of anthropogenic soil erosion, and the consequent transfer and storage of sediment along the sediment routing system to the coastal zone.

GloSS focuses on local and regional impact of anthropogenic activities on soil erosion and sediment transfer in contrasting socio-ecological settings since the Neolithic (i.e. <8,000 years Before Present in Eurasia). The proposed workshop is the second meeting of the GloSS working group.

Aims

The GloSS database meeting aims to:

(i) present, discuss and – if necessary – modify the newly developed GloSS database structure,
(ii) give an overview of the first results from the regional task force leaders regarding data filling of the GloSS database for the different regions,
(iii) discuss standard operating procedures for data-submission (the type of proxies/indices to be used, data format), and internal procedures for server-side data cleaning and quality control; and
(iv) define proxies for, or indices of, human impact on rates of soil erosion and fluvial sediment transfer that are applicable at a global scale and throughout the Holocene.

Program

Download the full program here (pdf).

Day 1 - 30/01/2017: Intro and keynotes

- Introduction to the aims of the PAGES GLOSS working group and the aims of the database workshop
- Keynote talks:

- State of the art on sediment flux modelling at continental and global scale
- Source to sink sediment routing systems through time
- Constraining factors controlling long-term sediment flux
- Human-landscape interactions through time

- Report of regional taskforce leaders on regional GloSS database
- Poster Presentations

Day 2 - 31/01/2017:

- Keynote talks on Human-landscape interactions in the Anthropocene.
- Selection of 15min-presentations of WS participants related to sensitivity of soil resources and sediment routing systems to varying land use types.
- Interactive discussions on further development of GloSS database, particular focus on standard operating procedures for data-submission (the type of proxies/indices to be used, data format), and internal procedures for server-side data cleaning and quality control.

Day 3 - 01/02/2017:

- Selection of 15min-presentations from WS participants related to proxies and indicators of anthropogenic soil erosion and sediment routing systems.
- Interactive discussions on potential output, and applications of GloSS DB within PAGES and Future Earth.
- Final discussion (define tasks, milestones and major deliverables of the second phase) and closing of workshop.

Keynote talks

Keynote talks will present the state of the art on global soils and sediment transfers in the Anthropocene. The GloSS regional task force leaders will provide an overview of GloSS related studies in their region.

Confirmed keynote speakers:
Albert Kettner, Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research, University of Colorado, Boulder (US). Keynote speaker: Global soil and sediment fluxes in the Anthropocene.
Rajiv Sinha, Department of Earth Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, India. Regional taskforce leader: South Asia.
Hongming He, Institute of Soil and Water Conservation, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shaanxi, China. Regional taskforce leader: East and Central Asia.
Lu Xixi, Department of Geography, National University of Singapore, Singapore. Regional taskforce leader: East and Central Asia.
Seifu A. Tilahun, Bahir Dar University, Ethiopia, Representative: Africa.
Jane Willenbring, University of California San Diego. Regional taskforce leader: North America.
Jean-Philippe Jenny, Max-Planck-Institute for Biogeochemistry, Jena, Germany.
Juan Restrepo, Geological Sciences, EAFIT University, A.A. 3300, Medellín, Colombia. Regional taskforce leader: South and Central America.
Matthias Vanmaercke, Department of Geography, Université de Liège, Belgium. Regional taskforce member: Africa.
Gert Verstraeten, Physical Geography Research Group, KULeuven, Belgium. Regional taskforce leader: Europe and Mediterranean.

Scientific committee

Veerle Vanacker, Earth and Life Institute, Université catholique de Louvain, Belgium.
Gary Stinchcomb, Watershed Studies Institute & Department of Geosciences, Murray State University, USA.
Dan Penny, Faculty of Science, University of Sydney, Australia.
Lu Xi Xi, Department of Geography, National University of Singapore, Singapore.
Thomas Hoffmann, Department of Geography, University of Bonn, Germany.

Organizing committee

Veerle Vanacker, Earth and Life Institute, Université catholique de Louvain, Belgium.
Matthias Vanmaercke, Département de Géographie, University of Liège, Belgium.
Bas van Wesemael, Earth and Life Institute, Université catholique de Louvain, Belgium.
Kristof Van Oost, Earth and Life Institute, Université catholique de Louvain, Belgium.
Gert Verstraeten, Earth and Environmental Sciences, KULeuven, Belgium.

Deadlines and registration

Register here: http://www.climate.be/gloss

Abstract submission: 1 January 2017
Notification of acceptance: 6 January 2017
Publication of final programme: 10 January 2017

Further information

Go to the website: http://www.climate.be/gloss or contact Veerle Vanacker.