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Mediterranean Desert Margin and Drylands Workshop (MULTIPP)

Welcome to Leipzig! About sixty invited scientific experts, young scientists and stakeholders participate at the international Mediterranean Desert Margin and Dryland Workshop from the 6th to 9th March 2018. The workshop is supported by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and take place at the Institute of Geography, Leipzig University.

The major aim of the workshop is to discuss the environmental variability over the Holocene into the Anthropocene on the Mediterranean desert margins and drylands on different spatial and temporal scales and to understand the interactions between hydro‐climatic, geomorphological, ecological and socio‐ecological tipping points in the Mediterranean region.

In order to understand environmental and human responses on Holocene but also on future climate changes, we want to integrate a broad range of methods and research from (palaeo)climatic and (palaeo)environmental studies, archaeology, remote sensing applications, and modelling approaches.

All researchers and stakeholders are encouraged to communicate their methods, research results, challenges and probable aims in Mediterranean desert margin and dryland research. Based on that, existing and future research aims will be developed and consolidated during the workshop.

Mathias Ulrich, Christoph Zielhofer, Michael Vohland, and the Leipzig Physical Geography Team



INQUA Congress 2015 in Nagoya, Japan

27th July to 2nd August 2015

P06 Environmental and climatic changes in the Mediterranean region: insights from modern, historical and Quaternary records

Steffen Mischke, William J. Fletcher, Christoph Zielhofer

The sub-humid to semi-arid Mediterranean region is one of the most densely populated areas of the world. Future climate projections predict a severe precipitation decrease and increase of extreme events by the end of the 21 century. Current climate-change impacts on water resources in the region are usually masked by intensive human activities. Therefore, knowledge of the environmental and climate variability in the past is crucial for an assessment of potential impacts of current climate change including flood and drought events on local hydrological systems. The session on environmental and climatic changes in the Mediterranean will assemble studies of modern environments and climate change, analyses of historical data and examples of Quaternary records, and will contribute to a better understanding of the amplitude, timing and spatial patterns of ecological, hydrological, geomorphological and climate variability in the Mediterranean.

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Geländeworkshop in Graben (bei Treuchtlingen)

22. bis 24. April 2015

Integrierte geophysikalische und (geo)archäologische Erkundung in Auen und Küstenräumen

Wir laden herzlich ein zu unserem Workshop in Graben (Ortsteil von Treuchtlingen) auf Initiative des DFG-Schwerpunktprogramms 1630 „Häfen von der Römischen Kaiserzeit bis zum Mittelalter“.

Der Workshop dient der Präsentation und der intensiven Diskussion interdisziplinär ausgerichteter geophysikalischer und (geo)archäologischer Konzepte und Ergebnisse. Willkommen sind Präsentationen aus der geophysikalischen und (geo)archäologischen Forschungs- und Anwendergemeinschaft sowie auch aus dem laufenden DFG-Schwerpunktprogramm, welche grundwassernahe, semiterrestrische oder küstennahe Räume im Fokus haben. Der Workshop dient der Vorstellung und Diskussion aktueller Methodenansätze sowie der Darlegung von Herausforderungen, Entwicklungsperspektiven und Grenzen interdisziplinärer geophysikalischer und (geo)archäologischer Studien. Die Beiträge sollen in einem Special Issue der Zeitschrift Journal of Archaeological Science (Anfrage läuft) zum Thema  

Integrated geophysical and (geo)archaeological explorations in wetlands

gesammelt und gemeinsam publiziert werden.

Dr. Stefanie Berg-Hobohm (Landesamt für Denkmalpflege, München)
Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Rabbel (Universität Kiel)
Prof. Dr. Christoph Zielhofer (Universität Leipzig)

Steering Committee:
Prof. Dr. Helmut Brückner (Köln)
Prof. Dr. Jörg Fassbinder (München)
Dr. Sven Linzen (IPHT Jena)
Dr. Immo Trinks (Ludwig Boltzmann Institut Wien)
Prof. Dr. Andreas Vött (Mainz)
Dr. Lukas Werther (Jena)

Dr. Birgit Schneider
Katrin Schandert

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EGU-General Assembly 2015 in Vienna, Austria

12-17 April 2015

Session GM1.3/SSP3.1.12
Deriving palaeoenvironmental information from non-continuous sedimentary archives – pros and cons

Hans von Suchodoletz, Pierre Antoine, Markus Fuchs, Tony Brown, Margret C. Fuchs

In rare situations, clastic sediment archives (e.g. marine and partly lake sediments) represent quasi-continuous records of past environmental conditions. In contrast, most sediment archives like fluvial, colluvial or aeolian deposits are discontinuous in their character, mainly due to the nature of the geomorphological processes responsible for their formation or degradation. Since in many regions quasi-continuous archives are absent, non-continuous sediment archives have received increasing attention for palaoeoenvironmental reconstructions during the last years. In addition, non-continuous archives generally yield information about states of geomorphologic activity and stability, which can be traced back to climate change and human or tectonic activity. Breaks in sedimentation or hiatuses need to be understood and can in themselves provide important evidence concerning thresholds. In this context, transitions between different sedimentary phases are of great importance, and comparisons with other archives obligatory.
This session aims to pool contributions from the broad field of earth sciences that deal with different types of non-continuous sedimentary archives, highlighting their possibilities as well as their challenges. Besides case studies from single archives, conceptual and methodical contributions and those with a comparative character are especially welcome in this session.

Registration and abstract submission

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EGU-General Assembly 2014 in Vienna, Austria

27 April – 02 May 2014

Session GM1.7
Non-continuous palaeoenvironmental archives – pros and cons

Hans von Suchodoletz, Markus Fuchs, Pierre Antoine, Tony Brown
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EGU-General Assembly 2013 in Vienna, Austria

07-12 April 2013

Session GM1.2
From archive to process: concepts and techniques in geomorphology/Quaternary sciences

Michael Dietze, Hans von Suchodoletz, Margret Fuchs, Markus Fuchs, Ming Jin, Dominik Faust, Markus Fuchs, Pierre Antoine
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Jahrestagung AK Geoarchäologie und AGPP 2012

Die gemeinsame Jahrestagung des Arbeitskreises Geoarchäologie und der Arbeitsgruppe Paläopedologie fand vom 17.5. bis 20.5. 2012 am Institut für Geographie der Universität Leipzig statt. Die Jahrestagung stand unter dem Motto Bodenarchive im geoarchäologischen Kontext.

Die gemeinsame Tagung wird unterstützt durch das Landesamt für Archäologie in Sachsen.
Organisation: Christoph Zielhofer und Christian Tinapp

pdf Exkursionsführer
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Jahrestagung des AK Geomorphologie 2011

Der Arbeitskreis Geomorphologie fand vom 28. September bis 1. Oktober 2011 am Geographischen Institut in Leipzig statt.
Organisiert wurde die Tagung von Jürgen Heinrich und Christoph Zielhofer.

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INQUA Congress 2011 Bern, Switzerland

20-27 July 2011

Mediterranean Session
From the Western Mediterranean to the Caspian Sea: A corridor of palaeoenvironmental change and human response during the last 30.000 years

Christoph Zielhofer (Leipzig), Dominik Faust (Dresden), Valentina Yanko-Hombach (Winnipeg), Olena Smyntyna (Odessa)

This session is focused on the Corridor from the Western Mediterranean to the Caspian Sea, with a special attention to the link between the basins today and in geological past. The Corridor covers the Mediterranean Sea, the Marmara Gateway, the Black Sea, the Manych-Kerch Gateway, and the Caspian Sea. The main goal of the session is to bring together researchers from the exact and historical sciences in order to evaluate the influence of environmental changes on human adaptive strategies (e.g. migration, settlements. land use) in the Corridor. The session will be organized along four dimensions. The geological dimension will concentrate on sedimentary fingerprints of vertical sea-level fluctuations and lateral coastline change based on external (e.g. climate, tectonics) and internal (mainly the coastal sedimentary budget) forces. The paleoenvironmental dimension will integrate the newest data from paleontology, palynology, sedimentology, geomorphology and other disciplines in order to add new features to the portrait of past landscapes changes within the Corridor. The archaeological dimension will focus on cultural remains (e.g., archaeological artifacts and faunal remains from cultural layers). The mathematical dimension will concentrate on the GIS-based mathematical modelling of human dynamics underlying past/future environmental and sea-level changes in the area that can be compared with global climatic shifts and sea-level fluctuations. The session provides an excellent opportunity to bridge the perceived and actual communication barriers between multidisciplinary researchers on the topic in spirit of INQUA 0501 and IGCP 521 projects that go hand-on-hand.

Letzte Änderung: März 1, 2018