LandCover6k 3rd General Workshop

16.05 - 17.05.2017  
Zaragoza, Spain
Contact person:
Marie-José Gaillard, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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The third LandCover6k General Workshop will be held in Zaragoza, Spain, from 16-17 May 2017. The workshop will be held directly after PAGES 5th Open Science Meeting.

The theme is "The current status of pollen-based land-cover reconstructions and mapping of land-use categories based on archeological data for the time windows 6000 BP and CE 1500 and 1850."


The meeting venue is the CSIC regional office, Zaragoza, Spain (CSIC is the Pyrenean Institute of Ecology - Spanish National Research Council). Local people responsible: Penelope Gonzalez (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and Graciela Gil- Romera (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

The workshop will be open, with places for approximately 50 participants.


LandCover6k has the objective to provide descriptions of past anthropogenic land cover and land use that are appropriate for climate modelling, e.g. for studies of land cover-climate interactions in the past and "land use" as one of the external human-induced climate forcing. The time perspective is the Holocene from the beginning of human influence on vegetation cover at a spatial scale relevant to climate change.

LandCover6k is divided into three major activities: i) pollen-based reconstructions of past land-cover change (this proposed workshop), ii) archaeology/history-based reconstructions of past land-use and land-cover change, and iii) anthropogenic land-cover change (ALCC) modeling (Klein Goldewijk’s HYDE database and Kaplan’s KK scenarios).

The work is organised into nine sub-groups, five for large regions of the world, i.e. North-Meso America, Latin America, Europe, Africa, Asia-Oceania (each with their land-cover and land-use coordinators), and four for methodological developments (each with their coordinators). The WG was launched in February 2015.

Workshop aims

The objectives of the workshop are to:
i) summarize the current progress of the three activities described above, in particular the pollen-based reconstructions and the land-use mapping based on archaeological data;
ii) discuss the publication plan and implementation of the first three-year period of LandCover6k (end in November 2017); and
iii) plan the work of all three activities for the coming second three-year period of LandCover6k (2018-2020).

This is the third yearly "general workshop" planned within the LandCover6k’s activities. The first one was the launching workshop organized in Paris in 2015. The goal of the yearly general workshop planned for 2017 (and probably for the next three years of the WG 2018-2020) is to gather together all coordinators of the WG and nine sub-groups, and the core-group members to summarize the results of land-cover and land-use reconstructions of the past year, integrate them in the AlCC modeling, and plan for the next strategical steps of the work.

The second global workshop was held in May 2016 in Utrecht (local organizer: K. Klein Goldewijk, coordinator of WG group 8). The outcomes were:
i) a complete overview of the progress in both past land-use mapping (historical/archaeological data) and pollen-based past land-cover reconstructions/mapping,
ii) a plan for further work and products to achieve until the PAGES OSM 2017 and the end of the first 3-years period of LandCover6k.


Monday 15 May

Registration from 16.00
Optional get together late afternoon/early evening (At own expense). Venue still to be decided.

Tuesday 16 May

9.00: Opening, welcome, logistics, and introduction to the workshop (M-J Gaillard, Kathy Morrison)
9.30-12.00: Updates from subgroups.
9.30-10.00: 1. Land-use reconstructions (archaeology, history), methodology developments (K. Morrison et al.)
10.00-10.30: 2. Pollen-based land-cover reconstructions, methodology developments (M-J Gaillard et al.)
10.30-11.00 Coffee break
11.00-11.30: 3. ALCC modeling (HYDE: K. Klein Goldewijk; KK: J. O. Kaplan et al.)
11.30-12.00: 4. Climate modeling (S. Harrison (PMIP-CMIP) and presenter from Hamburg Max Planck Institute, still to be decided)
12.00-13.30: Lunch
13.30-15.00: 5. Reports from participants (information on work in progress and achievements; program to be specified in collaboration with the participants)
15.00-15.30: Coffee break
15.30-ca. 16.30: 6. Plenary discussion: Next day’s program and planning parallel work sessions. Themes: Planning of first period (2015-2017) products and next period (2018-2020) goals and activities
Ca. 16.30-18.30: 7. Work session I Planning of next period (2018-2020) goals and activities
20.00: Workshop dinner

Wednesday 17 May

Work sessions II and III Planning of first period (2015-2017) products
Plenary Session: Reports from Work session I-III
8.30: Opening, logistics, etc.
8.45-12.00: Work session II Products 2015-2017
10.00-10.30: Coffee break
12.00-13.30: Lunch
13.30-16.00: Work Session III Products 2015-2017
15.00-15.30: Coffee break
16.00-17.30: Plenary session: reports from work sessions I-III and general discussion on Plans for 2017 and the next period (2018-2020) of LandCover6k
Ca. 17.30-19.00: Closing and drinks
20:00: Dinner

Confirmed key speakers

Qinghai Xu, Institute of Nihewan Archaeology, Hebei Normal University, Shijiazhuang, Hebei, China; coordinator land-cover
Xiuqi Fang, School of Geography, Beijing Normal University; coordinator land-use

Anupama Krishnamurthy, French Institute of Pondicherry, India; coordinator land-cover
Parminder S. Ranhotra, Birbal Sahni Institute of Palaeobotany, Lucknow, India

Marie-José Gaillard (WG coordinator, core group, land cover in Europe, Africa, China, India); Linnaeus University, Kalmar, Sweden
Kees Klein Goldewijk (core group, coordinator subgroup 8; GLOBE), Utrecht University, Netherlands
Andrea Kay (land-use, Africa), IDYST, University of Lausanne, Switzerland
Umberto Lombardo (coordinator land use: Latin America), Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Spain
Ralph Fyfe (coordinator land cover: Europe), SoGEES, Plymouth University, UK
Marco Madella (WG sub coordinator land use; land use in Latin America and India), Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Spain
Rob Marchant (coordinator land cover and land use: Africa)
M. Jane Bunting (core group; coordinator subgroup 9), University of Hull, England
William Gosling (coordinator land cover: Latin America), University of Amsterdam, Netherlands
Sandy Harrison (core group, work in Australia, Europe, Latin America; link to climate modelling), Centre for Past Climate Change, University of Reading, England
Zsolt Pinke (coordinator land use: Europe), Szent István University, Department of Nature Conservation and Landscape, Ecology, Hungary
Sonia Fontana (coordinator land cover: Latin America), Dept of Palynology and Climate Dynamics, University of Goettingen, Germany
Thomas Giesecke (coordinator land cover: Latin America), Dept of Palynology and Climate Dynamics, University of Goettingen, Germany
Ulrike Herzschuh (coordinator land cover: Asia; work in Siberia and China), Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research, Potsdam, Germany

Andrew Sluyter, Louisiana State University, United States
Thomas Foster, The University of Tulsa, United States
Kathleen Morrison, University of Chicago, United States
Michelle Chaput, University of Ottawa, United States


Please download, fill out and save this form (pdf) before emailing it to Anna-Kari Trondman (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) by 5 April.


Local organizer:
Prof Penelope Gonzales Sampériz
Department of Geo-environmental Processes and Global Change
Pyrenean Institute of Ecology
Spanish National Research Council (CSIC)

Further information

For more information, contact the LandCover6k coordinater, Marie-José Gaillard: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.