You are invited to attend the following session at "Climate Change: Global Risks, Challenges and Decisions" (10-12 March 2009, Copenhagen, Denmark): Informing the Future by Understanding the Past. Session convenors: Bette Otto-Bliesner and Chris Turney.
Please be aware, the abstract deadline is Monday 1 September 2008
Session summary: The past can play a tremendously important role in helping us understand future climate change. This session will invite reports on the latest reconstructions, from data and from modeling, of periods of past climate change that can provide important lessons about the nature, links and causes of climate change at the continental and global scales (e.g. Eemian, Holocene Climatic Optimum) and/or human responses to variability (past civilizations or cultures). Contributions are invited from any part of the globe and dealing with any aspect of climate change and/or archaeological response.
Congress Purpose: The Danish Government as host of the UN Conference on Climate Change (COP15) to be held in Copenhagen at the end of 2009 has asked International Alliance of Research Universities to organise this conference as part of the run-up to the COP 15. All findings will be compiled in a book on climate change, and an executive summary with the main findings from the congress will, after agreement with the Danish Government, be handed over to policy makers at the COP15 in Copenhagen at the end of 2009.