Call for papers: Geoarchaeology session at EGU 2014

Post date: Oct 25, 2013 11:31:44 PM

Dear Colleague,

European Geoscience Union (EGU) General Assembly 2014 will be held at Vienna on 27 April to 2 May 2014.

You are warmly invited to the session GM 4.2 'Geoarchaeology within global environmental change'.



Geoarchaeology within global environmental change

Convener: Sjoerd Kluiving

Co-Conveners: Andy Howard , Vanessa Heyvaert

The majority of natural scientists now believe that proxy environmental data is demonstrating significant changes to contemporary global climates, which in turn, is affecting landscape system thresholds and altering the spatial pattern, intensity and magnitude of geomorphological processes. Whilst empirical evidence demonstrates that destabilised systems can repair, the imprint of human activity and settlement upon the landscape can often exacerbate problems leading to catastrophe for both the natural environment as well as the indigenous population. Within the geological community, there is a growing suggestion that this period of the Earth’s history should be defined as the Anthropocene (see also session GM4.1).

A key requirement for policy makers managing future environmental change and societal response will be to understand how natural systems and human communities have responded to past events. Within this context, geoarchaeologists have a pivotal role to play since by working within multidisciplinary frameworks at the interface of natural and cultural systems, they can provide unique insights into the challenges ahead.

The aim of this session is to highlight how geoarchaeologists can contribute to debates concerning the global environmental change and consider how as a community we can shape future research agendas and policy frameworks. This session welcomes papers from individuals or groups that use geoarchaeological approaches to consider past landscape evolution, geomorphological processes and system response. The organisers encourage presentations involving the collection of data using both empirical approaches as well as insights gained through modelling. Understanding human response at both an individual and societal level is of paramount importance to this session and we welcome contributions that integrate environmental and cultural evidence to reflect on decision making processes as well as on academic research agenda’s. This session is supported by the IAG - International Working Group on Geoarchaeology.


Abstracts should be submitted through the online system at no later than 16 January 2014.

The deadline for financial support application is coming on 29 November 2013.

Please see the conference website ( for the further information.

Should you have any questions, please contact Dr. Vanessa Heyvaert (vheyvaert 'at', Co-chair of the IAG Working Group on Geoarchaeology and Co-convenor of the EGU Session GM4.2.

Best regards,

Yasuhisa Kondo