The Global Paleofire Working Group (GPWG2) workshop, titled "Natural and human-driven fire regime and early land-cover changes in Central and Eastern Europe" will be held in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, from 5-8 December 2016.
There is an open call for letters of interest for this workshop, which is limited to 25 participants. Early-career scientists and researchers from Central and Eastern Europe who work on the topic are especially encouraged to apply.
The workshop is organized as part of a DFG-funded project, "Fire as a key driver of long-term ecosystem structure, functioning and biodiversity in Central Europe", and is the second workshop of the PAGES' Global Paleofire Working Group phase 2.
GPWG2 aims to foster interdisciplinary collaborations between natural and archeological data experts and modelers with a particular focus on human impact on fire regime in Central and Eastern Europe since the Prehistory.
The workshop consists of lectures and hand on tools to work with databases, primarily the Global Charcoal Database (GCD), in order to develop regional syntheses of patterns in paleofire activity, identify fire ecology questions and discuss the role of fire in early land-use/land-cover changes.
This workshop seeks to fill the gaps in our understanding of fire regime dynamics, under a range of past environmental conditions and anthropogenic land uses in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE), a severely underrepresented region in GCD. We aim to unify charcoal records from this region and evaluate them in combination with other proxy-based and modelled data sets of past climate, vegetation, land cover. Such an approach will facilitate a critical evaluation of the key hypotheses regarding the linkages between fires, climate, vegetation, traditional human land uses and modern landscape management.
We hope this workshop will:
i) be a platform to introduce the GCD to the potential new contributors;
ii) encourage them to present their datasets and be part of planned topical syntheses;
iii) also initiate new collaborative research using the database.
The themes identified at this workshop will also foster the engagement of practitioners assisting fire management decision.
There is no registration fee. Lunches and coffee breaks are covered for all attendees. Limited financial support is available from PAGES to supplement travel and accommodation particularly for early-career scientists and researchers from developing countries.
Applications and further information
Please send an email to Angelica Feurdean (firstname.lastname@example.org) before 15 September 2016, indicating your affiliation, research topic and what you hope to contribute to the efforts. Please mention if you need funding support to attend the workshop.