[CRYOLIST] Call for submissions to 'Sub-Antarctic Islands – sentinels of change' at SouthCOP 2019

Christel Hansen christeldhansen at gmail.com
Mon Jan 14 00:55:36 PST 2019

Good day!

Apologies for cross posting.

Please consider submitting your abstracts to the session *'**Sub-Antarctic
Islands – sentinels of change'* for the upcoming first SouthCOP, to be held
4-14 December in Queenstown, New Zealand. Information on the conference is
available at https://southcop19.com/ and a list of sessions and link to
submission of abstracts is available at
https://southcop19.com/call-for-abstracts. The session description appears
below. Abstract submission closes *7 April*.

*Sub-Antarctic Islands – Sentinels of Change*
Straddling the Antarctic Convergence Zone, sub-Antarctic islands are
geographically unique and exhibit both periglacial and glacial conditions.
Permafrost is largely sporadic in this region but is useful as a proxy for
investigating change. Environmental thresholds in the sub-Antarctic are
narrow; contemporary climate changes, characterised by warming
temperatures, fluctuations in moisture, and a higher frequency of extreme
events, has the potential to narrow (or even surpass) these thresholds. As
such, these islands are regarded as sentinels of change and serve as global
early warning systems. Furthermore, these islands host unique vegetation,
numerous threatened species, and are important breeding sites. Changes
observed in the glacial and periglacial environment will impact these
existing ecosystems as well. This session aims to showcase sub-Antarctic
research and the role of the region as a sentinel of change.
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