CRIAS 3rd workshop: State of the Art of Historical Climatology in International Perspective

19.03 - 20.03.2021  
Contact person:
Qing Pei, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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The 3rd Climate Reconstruction and Impacts from Archives of Societies (CRIAS) workshop, titled "State of the Art of Historical Climatology in International Perspective", will be held online from 19-20 March 2021.

This workshop was originally scheduled to take place in person from 25-26 September 2020 in Hong Kong.


The workshop times are:

19 March 11:00-13:30 UTC
20 March 07:00-09:30 UTC
20 March 11:00-13:30 UTC


This workshop will focus on advancing methods and international cooperation in the reconstruction of past climates using written sources, focusing on global comparisons of methods and results in historical climatology. Participants from different regions in the world will share their latest findings and achievements by using social archives to reconstruct past climate change.

The two-day workshop consists of different sessions. In each we will hear three to four presentations, which will be followed by a discussion. The workshop language is English. Presenters of accepted papers are asked to speak for 15-20 minutes.

Organizers invite contributions from all fields dealing with:
- methodological approaches of climate reconstructions based on documentary data;
- interregional comparisons of methods in historical climatology based on social archives;
- interdisciplinary approaches combining historical climatology and other disciplines of climatology.

Abstract submissions/Call for papers

Organizers welcome any papers that advance the methods or expand the geographical and chronological scope of historical climatology.

Abstracts must include:
- title of the proposed paper;
- an abstract of not more than 300 words, including max five key words;
- contact information (affiliation, e-mail, telephone and postal address)

To apply, please submit the required information by 30 October 2020 to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

You will be notified if your contribution is accepted by 30 November 2020.

Tentative program (all times in UTC)

19 March

Section 1: Scholars from China

11:00-11:30: Opening remarks
11:30-12:00: Keynote by Professor Jingyun Zheng, Chinese Academy of Sciences
12:00-12:15: Professor Zhixin Hao, Chinese Academy of Sciences
12:15-12:30: Professor Xiuqi Fang, Beijing Normal University
12:30-12:45: Professor Jie Fei, Fudan University
12:45-13:00: Dr. Yachen Liu, Xi’an University
13:00-13:15: Dr. Kuan-Hui Elaine Lin, National Taiwan Normal University
13:15-13:40: Questions and discussions

20 March

Section 2: Scholars from Asia (excluding China)

07:00-07:30: Keynote by Professor Takehiko Mikami, Tokyo Metropolitan University
07:30-07:45: Dr. Junpei Hirano, Teikyo University
07:45-08:00: Dr. Naoko Hasegawa, Ochanomizu University
08:00-08:15: Dr. Fiona Williamson, Singapore Management University
08:15-08:30: Questions and discussions

Section 3: Scholars from Europe

08:30-08:45: Dr. Michael Kahle, University Freiburg
08:45-09:00: Professor Paul Erdkamp, Vrije Universiteit Brussel
09:00-09:15: Dr. Nicolas Maughan, Aix-Marseille University
09:15-09:30: Questions and discussions

Section 4: Scholars from Europe and Argentina

11:00-11:30: Keynote by Professor Christian Rohr, University of Bern
11:30-11:45: Dr. Alice Harvey-Fishenden, University of Liverpool
11:45-12:00: Dr. Rowan Jackson, University of Edinburgh
12:00-12:15: Dr. Andrés Antico, National University of the Littoral
12:15-12:30: Questions and discussions

Section 5: Free discussions and speeches (within 3 minutes)

12:30-13:15: Covered topics: 1. How to use new early instrumental series for calibration of historical climatology reconstructions; 2. Suggestion to the plan of next CRIAS workshop.
13:15-13:30: Concluding remarks and invitation to next workshop by Dr. Sam White


Details and deadlines will be provided as soon as possible.

Expected outcome of the workshop

The accepted participants will be invited to contribute to a special issue of Climate of the Past, titled "International Methods and Comparisons in Climate Reconstruction and Impacts from Archives of Societies".

The submissions date for the special issue is April 2021. The workshop will provide a forum to discuss results and to finalize contributions.

Organizing Committee

Qing Pei, Chantal Camenisch, Sam White, Martin Bauch and Heli Huhtamaa

Further information

If you have further questions, please contact workshop organizer Qing Pei: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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