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18ème Congrès INQUA - Session “Tropical palaeoecology - lessons from the past for the future”

[Congrès, colloques, réunions - Appel à contributions]

du 20 au 27 juillet 2011

Information about registration and abstract submission will be posted shortly on the INQUA Congress website (
The deadline for abstract submission is 30 November 2010. Notification of acceptance of abstracts for oral or poster presentation will be 31 January 2011.

Proposed content of the session

Past environmental change within the tropics is rapidly becoming much better resolved as the density of studies increases and the range of techniques applied diversifies. This session will explore the potential and of temporal and spatial insights gained from palaeoecological research in the tropics and assess how this can be used for future management of ecosystems as they respond to predicted climatic and land-use change. Presentations in the session will focus on how do tropical ecosystems record and respond to Quaternary climate changes ? What are the spatial linkages, both inter-hemispherical and inter-tropical ? What can the character of these links tell us about the current ecosystem composition and distribution and the forcing mechanisms driving ecosystem changes ? There will be a focus on detecting and understanding human-induced signals within sedimentary records. For example, to what extent are current biogeography and biodiversity patterns a legacy of human disturbance over previous millennia ? With this increasingly resolved understanding we can assess what Quaternary palaeoecology can provide on likely tropical ecosystem responses/feedbacks to predicted future climate environmental change ? What are the predicted future scenarios of continued deforestation and habitat fragmentation ? How are the links between the palaeoecological and climate modelling communities developing to provide appropriate tolls for managing predicted future change ?

Session Convenors
 Prof. Dr. Hermann Behling, Department of Palynology and Climate Dynamics, Albrecht-von-Haller-Institute for Plant Sciences, University of Göttingen, Untere Karspüle 2, 37073 Göttingen - Germany, tel : +49 (0) 551 39 5728 (or 5733), fax : +49 (0) 551 39 8449, Web :
 Lisa Schüler, MSc Biodiversity and Ecology PhD student Department of Palynology and Climate Dynamics Albrecht-von-Haller Institute for Plant Sciences Göttingen University Untere Karspüle 2 37073 Göttingen/Germany Phone : 49 (0)551 12421 Homepage :