IGBP PAGES PHAROS Land-cover reconstructions in the monsoon affected Tropical world - pollen modeling approach and data synthesis

27.01 - 29.01.2011
French Institute, Puducherry, India
Contact person:
Dr. Anupama Krishnamurthy, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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The main aims of the workshop are:

-Initiating data synthesis and land-cover reconstructions in the tropical areas using the methods widespread in Europe through the POLLANDCAL and LANDCLIM network (e.g. Gaillard et al. 2008, 2010) and presenting the first synthesis of pollen-inferred Holocene land-cover in Europe

-Initiating, simultaneous to the above paleoecological approach, a synthesis of relevant historical and archeological data available in most of the tropical areas with the aim to get additional information on past anthropogenic land-cover.

-Position the above in the context of studies of past regional to global land cover-climate feedbacks, an essential part in the development of climate models (e.g. Kaplan et al., 2009: Gaillard et al., 2010)

The idea is to start with south India and south Asia. The timescale in focus will be the Holocene. This will be the first effort to apply these approaches and models in the tropics with a regional perspective. Similarly, despite the richness and ready availability of historical and archeological data, no systematic effort has been taken to use and synthesize them from this perspective. Some good synthesis of historical data with a spatio-temporal perspective already exists (eg. Historical Atlas of South India (Atlas_historique) and may form part of the aimed historical and pre-historical database.

This workshop will be an integral part of the 50th anniversary celebrations of the Laboratory of Palynology at the IFP, the aim of which is to gather together and catalyze new synergistic contacts between young and senior researchers from within and outside south Asia, to help review, synthesize and set future directions and strategies for research from a tropical, south Asian perspective, using the lessons learned elsewhere.