Mediterranean Holocene climate and human societies

23.04 - 25.04.2014
Messinia, Greece
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This workshop will take place at the Navarino Environmental Observatory, Navarino Dunes, Costa Navarino, Messinia, Greece.

The Mediterranean region bears a long history of human society dynamics, making it a unique experimental site to explore the complex interactions between climate, environment and human activity over a variety of time scales.

This multi-disciplinary workshop will follow a two-fold approach: a palaeoclimatic approach addressing the events, severity, rate and duration of past climatic changes, and a geoarchaeological-historical approach addressing the dynamics of past societies.

We aim at a better knowledge of both the drivers behind climate system and behind the coupled society-climate system including its ensuing response and adaptation, in order to understand human capability in readjusting into a changing environment.

A further aim is to identify strategies for acquiring the much-needed information to progress our understanding of the global/Mediterranean climate linkages and their interaction with human societies. This may include recommendations for an integrated research effort on the Holocene Mediterranean climate-human societies system, targeting on data production from multiple proxy records in key-regions and at key-periods and the development of new modelling approaches to optimize interpretation of palaeodata, reduce uncertainty and develop an integrated data/model approach to describe the evolution of human societies in response to climate and environmental changes (natural and anthropogenic).

The workshop will be open to 60 participants and is co-organised by the Navarino Environmental Observatory (Karin Holmgren: local organiser), the CNRS LSCE & PaleoMex (Marie-Alexandrine Sicre), the Hellenic Centre for Marine Research (Alexandra Gogou) and the Justus-Liebig University Giessen (Elena Xoplaki and Juerg Luterbacher).


Expressions of interest due 15 November 2013

Abstract submission deadline 15 January 2014

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Karin Holmgren
Director, Navarino Environmental Observatory (NEO)
Navarino Dunes, Costa Navarino, 24001, Messinia, Greece

Professor in Physical Geography
Department of Physical Geography and Quaternary Geology
Stockholm University
S-106 91 Stockholm, Sweden
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