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LandCover6k: New Land-Cover and Land-Use Datasets for evaluation and improvement of Anthropogenic Land-Cover Change Scenarios

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Online meeting
Dates
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Contact person
Chad Hill
E-Mail address
ChadHill@sas.upenn.edu
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The PAGES LandCover6k working group 4th General Workshop, titled "New Land-Cover and Land-Use Datasets for evaluation and improvement of Anthropogenic Land-Cover Change Scenarios", will be held from 2-4 December 2021.

UPDATE: DUE TO THE CONTINUING NATURE OF THE PANDEMIC, WE ARE CONVERTING THIS WORKSHOP FROM HYBRID TO ONLINE ONLY. DETAILS TO FOLLOW.

REGISTRATION IS CLOSED.

(This workshop was originally planned for 9-10 October 2020.)

Venue

Online

Logistics

This is the 4th General Workshop of LandCover6k, and the final one of the working group's second phase (2018-2021).

LandCover6k is terminating as an official PAGES working group at the end of 2021. The research groups involved in the work are, however, still active and plan for new collaborative initiatives studying past land-use and land-cover change for multiple research questions. 

The Workshop has the aim to present and discuss all LandCover6k LULC products to date, the evaluations of Anthropogenic Land-Cover Change scenarios, and the results of climate model experiments (if available) performed so far.

The goal is to make an evaluation of the work and plan future activities building upon the results of seven years of collaboration within the working group. 

Description

Following several years of preparation and capacity-building, LandCover6k is now moving into a next phase of data collection, analysis and application. Following extensive and iterative consultation at a number of international meetings, the Land Use group has finalised the classification system and the geodatabase platform within which data will be collated, and we are now in the process of training members of our regional sub-groups in their use.

During Phase 1 of LandCover6k (2015-2018), pollen-based reconstructions of past land cover were achieved for most of the northern hemisphere North of 40 degrees. Since 2018 progress was made for the Mediterranean area, parts of Africa, southern China and India, and new reconstructions will be available for these regions by the time of the workshop. Until now, the two strands of data gathering (land use and land cover) have operated independently - this next phase of work generates products that synthesise these data to explicit assess past anthropogenic land cover change (ALCC), the stated goal of LandCover6k.

To this end, a PAGES-sponsored workshop held in Sitges, Spain, in September 2018, brought together members of the climate modeling community with paleoecologists and archaeologists working on land use and land cover (LULC) to design experiments that test how our products affect simulations of the climate-carbon cycle, in order to identify which data are most pertinent and refine our reconstructions accordingly. A Past Global Changes Magazine issue discusses these in detail.

This workshop will provide a forum for the wider LandCover6k network – archaeologists, paleoecologists, climate modelers – to evaluate and refine our data collection protocols, plan publications and other modes of dissemination and communication, and develop strategies for future products and experiments. These discussions will be essential for the continued success of LandCover6k and for that of the next generation of paleoclimate reconstructions.

Program

The program is in preparation and is strongly dependant on your contribution.
Please consider presenting your work (local, regional or global reconstructions, single study or regional/global syntheses) and send the title of your suggested presentation to chadhill@sas.upenn.edu .

Aims

Since 2018, LandCover6k has organized focused workshops aimed at achieving first priority products for the purpose of climate modeling. These products include pollen-based quantitative reconstructions of land-cover (LC) change over the Holocene, and archaeology-based land-use (LU) maps and per-capita estimates for key time windows of the Holocene. These LULC products are either global or hemispheric/continental/subcontinental.

This General Workshop has the aim to present and discuss all LandCover6k LULC products to date, the first evaluations of HYDE and revised ALCCs, and the results of the modeling experiments performed during 2019. The goal will be to make a first overall evaluation of the work so far, and plan the last year of LandCover6k's Phase 2 and its synthesis.

Registration

Registration is closed.
 

Further information

Go to the official workshop website.

Questions can be sent to workshop organizers Kathy Morrison: kathy.morrison@sas.upenn.edu or Chad Hill: ChadHill@sas.upenn.edu

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