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3rd Human Traces workshop: Human traces in lake sediments – Towards a Database for extracting regional signals

San Carlos de Bariloche, Río Negro, Argentina
Workshop report
Contact person
Nathalie Dubois
E-Mail address
Working groups


Date: 3 December 2022 (at the end of the IAL-IPA joint meeting)
Venue: To be confirmed (San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina)


This working group aims at integrating regional records of human traces in geological archives to provide a global synthesis of how and when these manifest themselves in different parts of the world. 
The two principal objectives are: 
1. To contextualize the Anthropocene Epoch in a long-term global perspective; and
2. To establish a database on Human Traces records that will evolve with community needs.

It was decided to hold the first in person workshop at the end of the IAL-IPA Joint Conference (International Association of Limnogeology – International Paleolimnology Association), which brings together up to 100 lake sediment experts, based on previous editions. 

This first workshop will focus on launching a lake sediment database, which was initiated by the Aquatic Transition WG. 
The workshop will be dedicated to finish setting up and fine-tuning the database, establishing the protocols to populate it, and assigning regional managers. 

IAL-IPA joint meeting "Lakes as Memories of the Landscape"

In addition to this, Human Traces will be holding a session during the IAL-IPA Joint Conference taking place in Bariloche, Argentina from 27 November - 1 December 2022:

Session FS29 - Human Traces in the aquatic sedimentary record
Émilie Saulnier-Talbot, Université Laval, Canada,
Members of the PAGES Human Traces Working Group

Human Traces is a PAGES (Past Global Changes) working group which aims to contextualize the Anthropocene Epoch in a long-term, global perspective by synthesizing records of human traces in geologic archives. The objective of this session is to present examples of how traces of human presence and activity manifest in aquatic sedimentary archives from different parts of the world, depending on regional aspects of natural and human-induced changes through time. We seek communications on any aspect of human traces in the sedimentary record of lakes, ponds, wetlands, and coasts. Data presented in this session will be considered for inclusion in the Human Traces database, a new resource that the working group is developing which aims to assemble information that will enable the establishment of temporal trends of human activity linked to environmental change across various spatial and temporal scales. 

Steering committee


Please send an email to Nathalie Dubois: to register.

Early Career Researchers and Researchers from low income countries are invited to apply for financial support by sending a 1 page motivation letter and 2 page CV to Nathalie Dubois.

More information

Please contact Nathalie Dubois for further information:

Human Traces database workshop flyer