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GLP e-News No. 75

July 29, 2015


Dear GLP community,

This is a selection of the recent relevant news 

 
The highlight of this issue is the call for abstract submissions to the GLP sessions at AGU Fall Meeting. Deadline is 5 August 

Good reading!


GLP IPO

Fabiano Micheletto Scarpa and Sébastien Boillat 
GLP Session: Emerging perspectives on land in a changing world

Deadline
for abstract submission:  5 August

Earth’s land surface embodies the dynamic interplay of the physical, social and economic processes that constitute global change. For example, deforestation, agriculture and urbanisation all modify the climate, ecosystems and biogeochemical cycles. Such changes, in turn, affect land and the societies that rely on it. Because land is shaped today largely by human activities, it has become an important site of policies aimed at achieving sustainability. Consequently, land is also the site of conflicts and competing claims: land grabs and the competition between crops for food and biofuels are but two manifestations. 
This session aims to bring together a diverse group of natural and social scientists to explore emerging perspectives on land. We welcome contributions on topics including but not limited to: 1) drivers, trajectories and implications of historic and future land-use change; 2) trade and teleconnections; 3) novel land-use practices for responding to rapid global change; 4) land-atmosphere-hydrosphere interactions.

Primary Convener:  
Peter Verburg, VU University, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Conveners:  
Markus Reichstein, Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry, Jena, Germany, Kathleen D Morrison, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL, United States and Sander van der Leeuw, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ, United States
 
GLP and Pages session: Dating the Anthropocene: Early Land Use and Earth System Change

Deadline for abstract submission: 5 August

Session Description:


Major advances in quantitative global reconstruction of prehistoric land use and land cover changes are required to understand the role of early land use in transforming Earth system processes. Adequate incorporation of anthropogenic land use and land cover change in global and regional climate models remains one of the major priorities in climate modelling. Early land use and land cover scenarios show very large differences; improved global historical reconstructions are essential to advancing Earth system science and efforts to date the emergence of the Anthropocene. Further, ecological science and conservation are in need of more robust empirical baselines for the timing of human alterations. This session encourages contributions from paleo-ecologists, historians, archaeologists and modellers towards the goal of accelerating collaborative interdisciplinary knowledge generation to fully describe the global history of anthropogenic land use and land cover change from its first beginnings.

Primary Convener:  
Erle C Ellis, University of MD Baltimore County, Baltimore, MD, United States

Conveners:  
Kees Klein Goldewijk, Utrecht University, Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development, Utrecht, 3584, Netherlands and Jack Williams, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Department of Geography, Madison, WI, United States
Co-Organized with:
Global Environmental Change, Earth and Planetary Surface Processes, and Paleoceanography and Paleoclimatology

Cross-Listed:
EP - Earth and Planetary Surface Processes
PP - Paleoceanography and Paleoclimatology
Co-Sponsor(s):
International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme - (IGBP)

Future Earth Session, AGU Fall Meeting- 14-18 December 2015

Call for abstract submission


Science and the Sustainable Development Goals

Session Description:
In September this year the United Nations will formally launch its post-2015 development agenda in the form of Sustainable Development Goals. By being universally applicable and focusing on such diverse aspects as climate, food, water, health, urbanization and inequality, the goals seek to address development from a holistic perspective. In that respect they embody recent thinking about the interconnected nature of modern problems. At the same time, the sheer number of goals and targets (17 and 169 respectively) will make their implementation challenging. The scientific community can and should play an important role to provide integrated knowledge and innovative solutions for transformation towards sustainability across local, national and global scales.
 
This session invites contributions that explore how the goals can be effectively implemented by combining monitoring, evaluation and assessment. Contributions that focus on integrative science, the tensions between local and global priorities, and perspectives of developing nations are welcome.
Primary Convener:  
Chuluun Togtokh, National University of Mongolia, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
Conveners:  
Dennis S Ojima, Colorado State University, Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory, Fort Collins, CO, United States, Toshio Yamagata, JAMSTEC Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology, Kanagawa, Japan and Owen Gaffney, Stockholm Resilience Centre/Future Earth, Stockholm, Sweden

Cross-Listed:
GC - Global Environmental Change
SI - Societal Impacts and Policy Sciences
Co-Sponsor(s):
International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme - (IGBP)
 
Future Earth Session, AGU Fall Meeting- 14-18 December 2015

Call for abstract submission

More bang for your buck: How does coordination add value to sustainability science?

Session Description:
In September this year the United Nations will formally launch its post-2015 development agenda in the form of Sustainable Development Goals. By being universally applicable and focusing on such diverse aspects as climate, food, water, health, urbanization and inequality, the goals seek to address development from a holistic perspective. In that respect they embody recent thinking about the interconnected nature of modern problems. At the same time, the sheer number of goals and targets (17 and 169 respectively) will make their implementation challenging. The scientific community can and should play an important role to provide integrated knowledge and innovative solutions for transformation towards sustainability across local, national and global scales.
 
This session invites contributions that explore how the goals can be effectively implemented by combining monitoring, evaluation and assessment. Contributions that focus on integrative science, the tensions between local and global priorities, and perspectives of developing nations are welcome.

Primary Convener:  
Chuluun Togtokh, National University of Mongolia, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
Conveners:  
Dennis S Ojima, Colorado State University, Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory, Fort Collins, CO, United States, Toshio Yamagata, JAMSTEC Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology, Kanagawa, Japan and Owen Gaffney, Stockholm Resilience Centre/Future Earth, Stockholm, Sweden

Cross-Listed:
GC - Global Environmental Change
SI - Societal Impacts and Policy Sciences
Co-Sponsor(s):
International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme - (IGBP)

Position announcement

Call for Research Proposal 2015:
On behalf of the European Space Agency (ESA), we are pleased to invite you to participate to the second Call for Research Proposals of the Living Planet Fellowship.
The main objective of this initiative is to provide support to young researchers who have a doctoral degree and who would like to initiate a scientific career in the context of Earth Observation, Earth science and Climate research. This second call is dedicated to research proposals supporting candidate researchers responding to the Climate Change Initiative (http://www.esa-cci.org), specifically targetting:
-Exploitation of Essential Climate Variable (ECV) products generated by the ESA's Climate Change Initiative (CCI) for improved understanding of the climate system.
-Examining Cross-ECV consistency and multiple ECV use (those under the CCI Programme in particular).

1. Call for Research Proposals Package:
The Call for Research Proposals package includes the following documents:
Cover Letter: L15_CCI_034_The Living Planet Fellowship call for Research Proposals for CCI 2015
Appendix 1: Call for Research Proposals 2015 (Including its Annex A: ESA Climate Change Initiative, Annex B: Proposal Template and Annex C: PSS form)
Appendix 2: Draft Partnership Agreement
In order to respond to this Call, you must submit all of the documents described at Section 2.3 of the Call for Research Proposals (Appendix 1).
The documentation (Call for Research Proposals package) can be downloaded here.

2. Institutions Entitled to Participate in the Call:
Projects carried out under this call will be funded under the Climate Change Initiative (CCI) element of ESA's European Earth Watch Programme (Earth Watch). Earth Watch is an optional programme of the Agency, and participation in a project is restricted to institutions which have their registered office in one of the following Participating States: Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Luxembourg, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.

3. Closing Date
Your proposal and all supporting documents must be sent by e-mail to: Climate.Office@esa.int by no later than 30 August 2015 (the Closing Date).
Any questions relating to this Call must be sent, by e-mail to Climate.Office@esa.int, not later than two (2) weeks before the Closing Date.

Further information can be found at: http://livingplanetfellowship.esa.int/
Conference

The knowledge gained from Quaternary research, particularly from past records of unusual events and abrupt changes, is invaluable for understanding nature and taking appropriate actions to mitigate natural risks. Scientists involved in Quaternary studies must generously contribute their knowledge to help minimize the effects of disasters from hazardous natural processes.
Once every four years, Quaternary researchers from all over the world meet at the INQUA Congress to exchange the latest research results and develop agendas for the years to come. In 2015, the Congress will take place in Nagoya, Japan. The Nagoya Congress Center (NCC), the venue, is the largest conference facility in central Japan. Nagoya is located between Tokyo and Osaka, connected to both cities by super-express trains (Shinkansen) departing every ten minutes. Kyoto and Nara, former capitals, Lake Biwa, and the Japan Alps are located within easy access of Nagoya.
Conference

Sustainable Development Goals: A Water Perspective

Indicators, Interlinkages and Implementation


Organized by the Global Water System Project (GWSP) with the financial support of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)

17-18 August 2015

Maritim Hotel

Bonn, Germany


This conference will bring together available information, identify knowledge and action gaps, share lessons on viable instruments and approaches, facilitate networks, and create a platform for moving toward action on the SDGs. This conference will create an opportunity for co-production of knowledge, incubate ideas involving scientists and different stakeholders to be partners in the post-2015 development process, and develop knowledge-to-concrete actions and innovative solutions while implementing and monitoring the achievement of the SDGs. 

Further information can be found at: http://www.gwsp.org/gwsp-events/sustainable-development-goals-conference-2015.html
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