[CRYOLIST] Perth III Conference. Session: “The role of alpine cryosphere in endorheic basins of the world”

Vladimir Eisen aizen at uidaho.edu
Sat Nov 1 18:35:35 PDT 2014


              Dear Colleagues



*The Organizing Committee of the  International Conference in Perth 
invites you to participate in the session:*


    “*_The role of alpine cryosphere in endorheic basins of the world_*”**

*Synopsis:*

**

The endorheic basins are located inland, surrounded by mountains, and 
fed by water from precipitation, seasonal snow, and glaciers. The snow 
and ice masses of the endorheic basins are a part of our planet's 
climate and hydrological system, one that is especially at risk from 
climate change and global warming. The seasonal snow cover and glaciers' 
disappearance may affect the water supply for millions of people in the 
arid endorheic basins. Water is both a crucial limiting resource and a 
central unifying element in many coupled human-natural systems, 
particularly in the world endorheic basins. Approximately 18% of the 
Earth’s land drains to endorheic basins. The largest of these basins are 
in the interior of Asia, Africa, Australia, South and North America. The 
precipitation and evaporation play a key role in the sustainability of 
surface and groundwater of arid endorheic basins.However, the decrease 
in precipitation, glaciers, and seasonal snow cover significantly affect 
endorheic basins’ hydrology and contribute to progressive land 
degradation in the last several decades and during several periods in 
the Holocene. The recent disappearance of small glaciers from river 
basins have already led to a decline in river discharge, strongly 
affecting downstream agriculture and forcing people to move from their 
villages to densely populated settlements or rapidly growing urban 
areas, where the demand for water has exceeded the supply. Water for 
human consumption, agriculture, and industry in densely populated areas 
is especially essential in the World arid and semi-arid regions. 
Understanding the component parts of cryosphere-hydrologic-ecological 
systems and linking them into a coherent picture will be in a focus of 
presentations and discussions during the session: “*_The role of alpine 
cryosphere in endorheic basins of the world_*”, which will be held at 
thePerth III: Mountains of Our Future Earth International Conference in 
Perth, Scotland, 4-8 October 2015.

/Professor Vladimir Eisen
The Session Chair /


  *An international conference in Perth, Scotland*


  *4-8 October 2015*

The Centre for Mountain Studies, in collaboration with the Mountain 
Research Initiative (MRI) <http://mri.scnatweb.ch/en/> and the Global 
Mountain Biodiversity Assessment (GMBA) 
<http://gmba.unibas.ch/index/index.htm>, is organising a third 
conference – Perth III – on ‘Mountains of Our Future Earth’. This is a 
contribution to the global Future Earth programme 
<http://www.futureearth.info/>, a 10-year international research 
initiative that will develop the knowledge for responding effectively to 
the risks and opportunities of global environmental change and 
supporting transformation towards global sustainability in the coming 
decades.

*Conference aims*

 1. To present, evaluate and synthesise progress in our understanding of
    global change in mountain regions, and share examples of innovative
    approaches, particularly in terms of progress towards addressing the
    gaps in global research in mountain regions;
 2. To refine and agree agendas for collaborative research and action
    relating to global change and mountain regions, and to significantly
    increase the use of applied research findings on the ground in
    mountain regions;
 3. To foster effective interdisciplinary and international interactions
    between participants: researchers, practitioners, and policy-makers.
    Read more
    <http://uhi.us8.list-manage.com/track/click?u=a49643b0182c02aece63b746f&id=972fe3e997&e=a23196afca>.

*Abstracts*

You can use our online system to submit an abstract 
<http://www.perth.uhi.ac.uk/specialistcentres/cms/Conferences/Perth2015/Pages/Submit.aspx> 
for all of the session themes until *27 February 2015*.

Submissions are invited for *oral presentations* to:

  * 35 research presentation session themes;
  * 16 round table discussions.

<http://www.perth.uhi.ac.uk/specialistcentres/cms/Conferences/Perth2015/Pages/Programme.aspx>**Online 
abstract submission is now available until 27 February 2015* 
<http://perth.uhi.ac.uk/specialistcentres/cms/Conferences/Perth2015/Pages/Submit.aspx>*

Full list of sessions 
<http://www.perth.uhi.ac.uk/specialistcentres/cms/Conferences/Perth2015/Pages/Programme.aspx>

Some abstracts submitted for oral presentation may eventually be 
accepted as posters, depending on the evaluation of the session 
organiser and the time available for oral presentations.

You may also submit a *poster* to any of the research presentation/round 
table themes.  If accepted, these will be grouped accordingly on display 
at the conference.

*Registration/Funding*

The conference is being financially supported by: The Swiss Agency for 
Development and Cooperation 
<http://www.eda.admin.ch/eda/en/home/dfa/orgcha/sectio/sdc.html>; The 
Mountain Research Initiative <http://mri.scnatweb.ch/en/>; The Austrian 
Academy of Sciences 
<http://www.oeaw.ac.at/en/austrian-academy-of-sciences/>; The Global 
Mountain Biodiversity Assessment 
<http://gmba.unibas.ch/index/index.htm>; and Perth and Kinross Council 
<http://www.pkc.gov.uk/>.

The conference organisers are identifying additional funding for the 
conference. Consequently, registration fees have not yet been set; this 
will be done no later than March 2015.  If you may require financial 
support to attend, please indicate this when you submit your abstract.

*If you would like to be added to the conference mailing list, **please 
sign up here* <http://eepurl.com/ZtyqT>*.
*

*Conference aims*

 1. To present, evaluate and synthesise progress in our understanding of
    global change in mountain regions, and share examples of innovative
    approaches, particularly in terms of progress towards addressing the
    gaps in global research in mountain regions;
 2. To refine and agree agendas for collaborative research and action
    relating to global change and mountain regions, and to significantly
    increase the use of applied research findings on the ground in
    mountain regions;
 3. To foster effective interdisciplinary and international interactions
    between participants: researchers, practitioners, and policy-makers.
    Read more
    <http://uhi.us8.list-manage.com/track/click?u=a49643b0182c02aece63b746f&id=972fe3e997&e=a23196afca>.

More detailed information about the conference can be found at: 
www.perthmountains2015.com 
<http://uhi.us8.list-manage.com/track/click?u=a49643b0182c02aece63b746f&id=f4ad3a0880&e=a23196afca>

We look forward to welcoming you to Perth in 2015.

/Professor Martin Price/
Director, Centre for Mountain Studies
Chairholder, UNESCO Chair in Sustainable Mountain Development

/Angela Paterson and Jayne Glass/
Conference Secretariat

-- 
Prof.,Dr. Vladimir Aizen (Vladimir Eisen)
Glacier-Climatic Group, Department of Geography
McClure Hall 203, P.O. Box 443021
University of Idaho, Moscow, ID 83844-3021
U.S.A.
Tel. (208) 596-0085 (mob)
      (208) 885-6216 (work)
Fax. (208) 885-2855
E-mail:aizen at uidaho.edu
http://www.asiacryoweb.com



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