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35th International Geographical Congress (IGC)

Dublin, Ireland


Date: 24-30 August 2024
Location: Dublin, Ireland
Venue: The Helix, Dublin City University (DCU)


The theme of the congress is ‘Celebrating a World of Difference’ and we are strongly focused through our academic and fieldwork programme on supporting intercultural awareness and understanding; promoting intellectual diversity as a strength; bringing geographic research and thinking beyond the congress walls; and grappling with the complex interconnections between people, place and the natural world. 

Selected sessions

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C.04: Biogeography / Biodiversity

Paleoenvironmental reconstruction: reveals changes in biogeography and human activities
Dr Yuya Otani, Prof Kazuharu Mizuno
Setsunan University, Osaka, Japan. Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan

Session Abstract

In recent years, many studies have been developed to reconstruct past temperatures, water temperatures, and anthropogenic influences using tree annual rings, lake sediments, coral annual rings, and other data. In addition, studies have been conducted to reconstruct past environmental information from records such as ancient documents and logbooks to reconstruct the environment at a time when there were no meteorological instruments. In this session, we welcome presentations on paleoenvironmental reconstructions using such natural tools and archaeological materials. We also welcome research that approaches biogeographical environmental changes from the past to the present, changes in human activities, and the effects of climate change from the reconstructed paleoenvironment. We also welcome research on the discovery and development of new paleoenvironmental reconstruction tools that extract new paleoenvironmental information from plants, organisms, and archaeological materials in the natural world. This session is open to a wide range of research on past environments, biogeographies, and human activities, regardless of the field, time period, or paleoenvironmental reconstruction proxies.

C.05: Climatology

Climate variability in a decade of climate change and extremity
Prof. Hadas Saaroni
Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv, Israel

Session Abstract

Both global and regional climate models predict future change in climate conditions. Such changes, including increase in extreme events, are already being observed worldwide and are attributed to anthropogenic factors. They have far-reaching environmental impact and are among the most serious challenges to society in coping with a changing climate. However, long- and short-term trends in climate conditions are affected also from natural climate variations. A prominent aspect of our climate is its variability. This variability ranges over many temporal and spatial scales and includes phenomena such as El Nino/La Nina, droughts, multi-year, multi-decade, and even multi-century variations in temperature, precipitation, pressure, and other patterns. The purpose of this session is to highlight the importance of climate variability analysis as part of climate change studies and introduce climate variations research in various spatial-temporal scales. Studies dealing with climate variability and its relation to climate change, from global to regional scales for the present and future periods, are invited to this session.

Historical climatology I

Dr Carla Mateus, Dr Conor Murphy
Maynooth University, Maynooth, Ireland

Session Abstract

High-quality and long-term instrumental climate data and documentary sources are paramount to better assess climate variability and change and extreme events. Historical climate data are important to place the current climate change trends into context. Extreme events have significant impacts on society and the environment.
In this session, we welcome contributions to the following major research topics:
1. Climate data and metadata rescue, quality control, and homogenisation.
2. Climate change detection, assessment of trends, variability and extremes
3. Climate change attribution.
4. Impact of climate change on past societies.
5. Instrumental data, documentary sources and natural climate proxies used to assess past climate.
6. Hydrological and meteorological extreme events.
Interdisciplinary contributions in historical climatology and palaeoclimatology based on established or emerging methodologies are also welcome.

Historical climatology II

Dr Kieran Hickey
UCC, Cork, Ireland

Session Abstract

This session is concerned with all aspects of historical climatology. This includes papers on philosophical approaches and methodologies including novel source materials, all types of weather and climate phenomenon, all time periods and all regions.

C.13: GIS

Geospatial approaches, GIScience and remote sensing for the study of past natural hazards
Dr Motti Zohar
University of Haifa, Haifa, Israel

Session Abstract

Resolving past natural hazards such as earthquakes, tsunamis, floods, landslides, and volcano eruptions is of great importance for understating the impact they had, the mechanism of their occurrence, and the potential hazard they posed on the living societies. Additionally, for the purpose of assessing long-term risk and hazard, the study of these events may contribute significantly to assist the preparedness and mitigation procedures being held towards future events. Traditionally, historical events were and still are examined using the interpretation of various sources such historical accounts, natural evidence, botanical findings and archaeological remains. However, the integration of these sources is rather complex in terms of their origin, nature, type, accuracy, and completeness. In the last few decades geospatial approaches, GIScience and remote sensing, facilitate and foster the study of past natural hazards while serving as an integrating framework for a wide range of themes.
In this session we cordially invite presentations of original studies and reviews aimed at using geospatial approaches, GIScience and remote sensing for the study of past natural hazards both in the instrumental and pre-instrumental periods. Potential themes may include but are not limited to the following topics:
1. Innovative approaches for interpreting past scenarios worldwide.
2. Spatiotemporal pattern characterization of past occurrences
3. Short- and long-term impact natural hazards had in the past on the living societies.
4. Simulations, 2D and 3D models for better characterization of cascading events
5. Quantitative approaches for measuring the intense, effects and severity of past disasters.

C.14: Future Earth

A role for historical geography in supporting Sustainable Development Goals
Dr Arlene Crampsie1 , Assoc Prof Ruth McManus, Dr Jonathan Cherry
University College Dublin, Dublin, Ireland. Dublin City University, Dublin, Ireland

Session Abstract

Our world of differences today has been shaped by the complex interactions of people, place and environments over millennia. As we seek to address critical global environmental and societal challenges through the Sustainable Development Goals, we acknowledge that diverse solutions are required to cater for myriad different contexts, cultures and circumstances. Whether at local, national or international levels, we require place specific understandings of both the origins and evolution of global challenges and the unique contexts where these challenges operate today. Historical geographers have an important role to play in helping to illuminate these worlds of difference, but also in drawing out similarities and synergies to support the development of culturally nuanced and appropriate solutions that help achieve the aims of the SDGs.
This session welcomes papers from historical geographers in all parts of the world whose work is actively, or has the potential to, address global challenges. This might include (but is not limited to): understanding the origins and evolution of global challenges; exploring the continued legacies of colonialism; harnessing knowledge from the past to build future resilience; working with communities to identify and preserve indigenous and local knowledges; applying digital humanities approaches to big and small data; decolonising historical geography methodologies; and the challenges of bringing a historical lens to interdisciplinary work.

Extreme events: Observations and modeling
Dr. Sridhara Nayak, Dr. Netrananda Sahu
Japan Meteorological Corporation, Osaka, Japan. University of Delhi, Delhi, India

Session Abstract

The frequencies and intensities of extreme events such as floods, tropical cyclones, heat waves, droughts etc. are increased in many regions across the globe and now of serious concern due to their socio-economic Impact. Hence understanding of the mechanism, pattern and characteristics of such events have been the focus of many recent studies. This session invites abstracts on observational and numerical modeling studies aimed to enhance the understanding of the spatial and temporal characteristics and predictability of the extreme events. This session also welcomes the submissions on model simulations and evaluations aimed to advance the understanding of the physics and dynamics associated with the extreme events. In particular, abstracts are encouraged on regional-scale analysis of the historical extreme events and their projections which would assist the policy makers to build more resilient societies to face the extreme event related disasters.

Important dates

May – September 9th 2023    THE CALL FOR SESSIONS ARE NOW CLOSED
October – Jan 12th 2024    Call for abstracts
December 2023    Registration opens
March 8th 2024    Early bird registration closes
Preliminary programme published
April 26th 2024    Standard registration closes
May 31st 2024    Programme live on website
July 26th 2024    No further programme changes
August 19th – 24th 2024    Olympiad (i-Geo) takes place
August 24th-30th 2024    35th International Geographical Congress, Dublin

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