More than 300 scientists are meeting at the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) in London to discuss how climates and environments have changed over the last 2.6 million years, as well as how they might change in the future.
Speakers at the Quaternary Research Association annual discussion meeting (7 January – 9 January) will review current research and also look forward to future scientific developments.
The meeting will focus on the Quaternary period, which began 2.6 million years ago and is ongoing. The Quaternary period is also known as the ‘Ice Age’ – defined as a relatively cooler period in the Earth’s history – that we are now living through.
This year’s meeting marks the 50th anniversary of the QRA and is themed ‘Revolutions in Quaternary science’.
Reviewing scientific progress so far, delegates will discuss:
Causes of climate change
Measuring and modelling climates
Sea level change
Human origins and genetics
Human impacts on environments and climates
Professor Dan Charman, who will chair the meeting, says: “The UK is at the forefront of this area of science. We have come a long way over the past 50 years and can contribute much to enviornmental challenges in the future.”
Dr Catherine Souch, RGS-IBG Head of Research and Higher Education, says: “We are delighted to be hosting this events and celebrating the achievements of quaternary science and this area of geography.”
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2. The Quaternary Research Association (QRA) annual discussion meeting is taking place from 7 January to 9 January at the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) in London. Full on the meeting can be found at www.rgs.org/qra2014
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4. The Quaternary Research Association is a research organisation interested in the last 2.6 million years of Earth's history (the Quaternary) – also known as the ‘Ice Age’. The QRA celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2014. Since the foundation of the Association in 1964, Quaternary science has developed rapidly and become much more integrated with other areas of the environmental sciences. It now contributes to far-reaching debates on the Earth system and its relationship with past and future human development and society.
James Cheshire and Oliver Uberti created this visualisation showing the warming trend of the planet from the 1890s until 2020.
Chris Speight is a Principal Environmental Consultant at OHES and is based in Leeds, UK.
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