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Upcoming Meetings

  1. 23–26 January 2005, International Conference on Environmental Science and Technology (New Orleans, Louisiana, USA).

  2. 31 January–5 February 2005, International Conference on Water for Food and Ecosystems (The Hague)

  3. 1–3 March 2005, North Sea Today and Tomorrow: International Conference on Integrated Coastal Zone Management "Environment - Fisheries - Regional Planning and Development" (Ringkøbing, Denmark)

  4. 6–17 March 2005, Workshop on Climate Variability over Africa (Alexandria, Egypt)

  5. 18–20 March 2005, Second Latin-American and Caribbean Congress of Environmental and Resource Economists (Oaxaca, Mexico)

  6. 4–8 April 2005, 5th International Conference on Coastal Dynamics (Barcelona, Spain).

  7. 7–8 April 2005, Second Annual Water Law, Policy and Science Conference (Lincoln, Nebraska, USA)

  8. 26–27 April 2005, Workshop on Implications of Climate Change In BC’s Southern Interior Forests (Revelstoke, BC, Canada)

  9. 4–7 May 2005, Adapting to Climate Change in Canada 2005: Understanding Risks and Building Capacity (Montréal, Québec)

  10. 23–27 May 2005, 2005 Joint Assembly (New Orleans, Louisiana)

  11. 23 May–3 June 2005, Seasonal to Interannual Climate Variability: Its Prediction and Impact on Society (Gallipoli, Italy)

  12. 23–27 May 2005, American Geophysical Union (AGU) (New Orleans, Louisiana USA)

  13. 20–21 June 2005, Workshop on the Economic Effects of Climate Change on Fisheries (Bergen, Norway)

  14. 20–24 June 2005, The 5th International Scientific Conference on the Global Energy and Water Cycle (Orange County, CA)

  15. 24–27 July 2005, Chapman Conference on the Role of Marine Organic Carbon and Calcite Fluxes in Driving Global Climate Change, Past and Future (Woods Hole, MA, USA)

  16. 6–12 August 2005, Solar World Congress 2005 (Orlando, Florida, USA)

  17. 22–26 August 2005, Dynamic Planet 2005 (Cairns, Australia)


International Conference on Environmental Science and Technology

When: 23–26 January 2005
Where: New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

The International Conference on Environmental Science and Technology sponsored by the American Academy of Sciences will be held 23–26 January 2005 in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. The objective of c onference is to provide a major interdisciplinary forum for presenting new approaches from relevant areas of environmental science, to foster integration of the latest developments in scientific research into engineering applications, and to facilitate technology transfer from well-tested ideas into practical products and remedial processes. Researchers, engineers, site managers, regulatory agents, policy makers, consultants, and vendors will have the opportunity to exchange information on recent research trends, to examine ongoing research programs, and to investigate worldwide public and regulatory acceptance of environmental protection and remediation technologies. For more information, contact EST Conference Secretariat, American Academy of Sciences, 6464 Ave. B, New Orleans, LA 70124, USA. Email: conference@AASci.org, www.AASci.org/conference

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International Conference on Water for Food and Ecosystems

When: 31 January–5 February 2005
Where: The Hague

The International Conference on Water for Food and Ecosystems, organized by FAO and the Government of the Netherlands will be held 31 January–5 February 2005 in The Hague. The conference will provide a high-level platform for 350 participants from around the globe, including a ministerial segment. The prime objective of the WFE Conference is: to help governments identify management practices, practical lessons learned and the necessary enabling environments that lead to sustainable water use at the river-basin level and the harmonization of food production and ecosystem management with a view to implementing already internationally agreed commitments. For more information contact Jeanet Smids-Goosen or Bonita Fruneaux, email: izwfe2005@minlnv.nl;www.fao.org/ag/wfe2005/

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North Sea Today and Tomorrow: International Conference on Integrated Coastal Zone Management "Environment - Fisheries - Regional Planning and Development"

When: 1–3 March 2005
Where: Ringkøbing, Denmark

The North Sea Today and Tomorrow: International Conference on Integrated Coastal Zone Management "Environment - Fisheries - Regional Planning and Development" will be held 1–3 March 2005 in Ringkøbing, Denmark. Aims of the Conference: The participants will engage in an open dialogue on the importance of Integrated Coastal Zone Management in the light of the current environmental status in the North Sea, allowing the participants to place their own fingerprint on the future agenda of ongoing work in the North Sea Commission and its thematic groups; focus on the environmental challenges in the coastal zone (e.g. habitat destruction, waste, nutrients, hazardous substances, etc.); and provide state-of-the-art knowledge of the environmental status of the coastal areas of the North Sea. For more information contact Eva Kanstrup, Tel: +45 9675 3664 – Email: vamek@ringamt.dk; Mads Nedergaard, Phone: +45 9675 3697 – Email: tmmn@ringamt.dk; www.northsea.org

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Workshop on Climate Variability over Africa

When: 6–17 March 2005
Where: Alexandria, Egypt

The Workshop on Climate Variability over Africa will be held 6–17 March 2005 in Alexandria, Egypt. The Workshop is intended to review recent progress in understanding climate variability and trends (of both natural and anthropogenic origin) over Africa, and their impact on the hydrological resources of the continent. It is open to young researchers and PhD students working in the areas of Atmospheric Physics and Dynamics, Climatology and Oceanography, from countries in Africa that are members of the United Nations, UNESCO, or IAEA. For more information contact Azhraf Zakey email: zakey@chem.gu.se; agenda.ictp.trieste.it/ agenda/current/fullAgenda.php?ida=a04222

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Second Latin-American and Caribbean Congress of Environmental and Resource Economists

When: 18–20 March 2005
Where: Oaxaca, Mexico

The Second Latin-American and Caribbean Congress of Environmental and Resource Economists will be held 18–20 March 2005 in Oaxaca, Mexico. Papers on research or applied environmental and resource economics, with emphasis on environmental problems in development countries are encourage to participate. Papers will be placed in parallel sessions based on specific topics. The program is currently developed, check the website for details.

For more information contact Zulma Guzman Castro of ALEAR, Tel: 57(1) 6406964, www.alear.org/english/products/congress/default.asp

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5th International Conference on Coastal Dynamics

When: 4–8 April 2005
Where: Barcelona, Spain

The 5th International Conference on Coastal Dynamics will be held 4–8 April 2005 in Barcelona, Spain. Coastal Dynamics 2005 will be the fifth in a sequence of technical specialty conferences bringing together field and laboratory experimentalists, theoreticians and modelers conducting research on the dynamics of the coastal systems. The multidisciplinary Coastal Dynamics'05 will be of interest to coastal engineers, coastal geologists, oceanographers, and related sciences. It should also be of relevance for coastal specialists and managers and all those interested in preserving coastal zones. For more information contact CD'05, Coastal Dynamics 2005, Prof. Agustín Sánchez-Arcilla, Laboratori d'Engiñeria Marítima (LIM/UPC), Universitad Politecnica de Cataluña, Jordi Girona, 1-3, building D-1, 08034 Barcelona (Spain), Fax: +34 93 401 1861, E-mail: coastaldynamics.2005@upc.es, www.coastaldynamics.org

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Second Annual Water Law, Policy and Science Conference

When: 7–8 April 2005
Where: Lincoln, Nebraska, USA

The Second Annual Water Law, Policy and Science Conference will be held 7–8 April 2005 in Lincoln, Nebraska, USA. The conference is entitled: Water management and Policy in the Great Plains : Implications of Drought and Climate Vhange. For more information contact Steve Ress Water Center/School of Natural Resources, 103 Natural Resources Hall, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, Nebraska 68583-0844 Tel: 402-472-9549, Fax 402-472-3574, Email: sress1@unl.edu, snr.unl.edu/waterconference/

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Workshop on Implications of Climate Change In BC’s Southern Interior Forests

When: 26–27 April 2005
Where: Revelstoke, BC, Canada

The Workshop on Implications of Climate Change In BC’s Southern Interior Forests will be held 26–27 April 2005 in Revelstoke, BC, Canada. The composition, health, and vitality of British Columbia ’s southern interior forests are strongly linked to climate and climate variability. As the global climate warms, climate-associated effects such as drought, wildfire, and outbreaks of insects and diseases, which are already of concern in southern BC, will become more frequent and severe. In turn, forest productivity, ecosystem functioning, and habitat values will be affected, in many cases adversely. This workshop is directed at forestry professionals and technicians, biologists, ecologists, protected-area managers, and other managers and planners with an interest in how climate change may affect forest ecosystems. For more information contact Columbia Mountains Institute of Applied Ecology, Box 2568 Revelstoke, B.C. VOE 2SO Canada. Tel: 250-837-9311 Fax: 250-837-9311, E-mail: office@cmiae.org, www.cmiae.org/

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Adapting to Climate Change in Canada 2005: Understanding Risks and Building Capacity

When: 4–7 May 2005
Where: Montréal, Québec

Adapting to Climate Change in Canada 2005: Understanding Risks and Building Capacity will be held 4–7 May 2005 in Montréal, Québec. Since 1998, there has been a rapidly growing body of research on climate change impacts and adaptation in Canada. This conference will provide the first opportunity for researchers and decision-makers from a wide range of disciplines to share results and information on pan-Canadian events. The conference will be structured to address regional and sectoral themes as well as approaches, techniques, and integrated studies. Representatives from the research community (including graduate students), governmental and non-governmental organizations, communities, and business are welcome to submit abstracts for oral presentations and poster sessions. For more information contact the Natural Resources Canada’s Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation Program, Earth Sciences Sector, Natural Resources Canada, 601 Booth Street, Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0E8, Tel: (613) 943-0650, Fax: (613) 992-0190, Email: adaptation@NRCan.gc.ca, http://www.adaptation2005.ca/

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2005 Joint Assembly

When: 23–27 May 2005
Where: New Orleans, Louisiana

The 2005 JOINT ASSEMBLY, a partnership between AGU, the Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG), the North American Benthological Society (NABS) and the Solar Physics Division of the AAS, is being held 23–27 May 2005 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Program Committee is developing a Union-wide science program that will cover topics in all areas of geophysical sciences. For more information on the Web: www.agu.org/meetings/sm05/

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Seasonal to Interannual Climate Variability: Its Prediction and Impact on Society

When: 23 May–3 June 2005
Where: Gallipoli, Italy

Seasonal to Interannual Climate Variability: Its Prediction and Impact on Society will be held 23 May–3 June 2005 in Gallipoli, Italy. This is a NATO Advanced Study Institute (ASI) that will cover the main aspects of seasonal to interannual forecasting systems. Topics include (1) initial conditions preparation via data assimilation; (2) dynamical models and their coupling; (3) statistical modeling, calibration, and model output assessment; and (4) applications of forecast products to specific users. The teaching in ASIs is aimed at scientists at the postdoctoral level or those with suitable experience in meteorology and climatology. Contact Alberto Troccoli, ECMWF, Shinfield Park, Reading, RG2 9AX, UK; email a.troccoli@ecmwf.int or see the website at www.ecmwf.int/staff/alberto_troccoli/nato_asi/

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American Geophysical Union (AGU)

When: 23–27 May 2005
Where: New Orleans, Louisiana USA

The American Geophysical Union (AGU) will hold its spring meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana USA 23–27 May 2005. Several sessions proposed for the Atmospheric Science Section will be of interest to readers of this newsletter, among others, Attribution of climate variability during the last 100 years; the human ecological footprint and Earth’s climate; outstanding issues in seasonal-to-interannual climate prediction; and anthropogenic influence on tropospheric and surface temperature trends: Intercomparison between models and observations. AGU meeting information and abstract submission information is available at www.agu.org/meetings/sm05/ or contact Arun Kumar at the Climate Prediction Center, arun.kumar@noaa.gov

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Workshop on the Economic Effects of Climate Change on Fisheries

When: 20–21 June 2005
Where: Bergen, Norway

The Workshop on the Economic Effects of Climate Change on Fisheries will be held 20–21 June 2005 in Bergen, Norway. Those who wish to attend, and to submit abstracts of papers, should contact Rögnvaldur Hannesson, rognvaldur.hannesson@nhh.no, before 1 May 2005. SNF, Breiviksveien 40, N-5045 Bergen. Tel: +47 55 95 95 00, Fax: +47 55 95 94 39, www.snf.no

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The 5th International Scientific Conference on the Global Energy and Water Cycle

When: 20–24 June 2005
Where: Orange County, CA

The 5th International Scientific Conference on the Global Energy and Water Cycle will be held 20–24 June 2005 in Orange County, CA. The overall theme of the 5th International Scientific Conference on the Global Energy and Water Cycle is observing and predicting the Earth's water and energy cycle: current state of knowledge and future research requirements. For more information contact 5th International Conference Secretariat, International GEWEX Project Office, 1010 Wayne Avenue, Suite 450; Silver Spring, MD 20910 USA; Tel: 1-301-565-8345; Fax: 1-301-565-8279; E-mail:  gewex@gewex.org; www.gewex.org/5thconf.htm

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Chapman Conference on the Role of Marine Organic Carbon and Calcite Fluxes in Driving Global Climate Change, Past and Future

When: 24–27 July 2005
Where: Woods Hole, MA, USA

The Chapman Conference on the Role of Marine Organic Carbon and Calcite Fluxes in Driving Global Climate Change, Past and Future will be held 24–27 July 2005 in Woods Hole, MA, USA. Since the early 1980s biogenic fluxes of organic matter and calcite from the surface ocean to the deep sea have been implicated in regulation of atmospheric carbon dioxide content (and Greenhouse warming). General consensus exists that one of the key marine biotic climate variables is the ratio of organic carbon to calcite fluxes from the surface to the deep ocean, which can alter the pH and alkalinity of seawater and thus the pCO 2 of the atmosphere. However, there is disagreement on the potential magnitude of effect that changing this ratio would have on atmospheric CO 2, and there is disagreement on the degree to which the ratio can change. A synthesis of theory, modern observation, and paleo-reconstruction of the organic carbon to calcium carbonate rain ratio from the euphotic zone, through the water column, and to the sea floor is planned. The conference will organize not only what we understand about the subject, but also what more we need to know. For more information tel: 1-202-777-7333, email: meetinginfo@agu.org; www.agu.org/meetings/cc05fcall.html

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Solar World Congress 2005

When: 6–12 August 2005
Where: Orlando, Florida, USA

The SOLAR WORLD CONGRESS 2005 will be held 6–12 August 2005 in Orlando, Florida, USA. This event is expected to bring together researchers, scientists, engineers, architects, designers and other renewable energy professionals to discuss solar energy issues. In particular, the Congress will consider linkages between solar and water issues under the theme, “Bringing Water to the World.” The 2005 Congress also marks the 50th anniversary of the first major solar conference held in Arizona in 1955. To mark the occasion, the 2005 Congress will include a special session on the History of Solar Energy and the International Solar Energy Society. For more information contact: Becky Campbell-Howe, American Solar Energy Society; tel: +1-303-443-3130 ext.103; fax: +1-303-443-3212; e-mail: bchowe@ases.org; www.swc2005.org

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Dynamic Planet 2005

When: 22–26 August 2005
Where: Cairns, Australia

The Dynamic Planet 2005 will be held 22–26 August 2005 in Cairns, Australia. The conference is a joint assembly of the International Association of Geodesy (IAG), International Association for Physical Sciences of the Qceans (IAPSO), and the International Association for Biological Oceanography (IABO), and will offer opportunities to present and discuss cross-disciplinary research on the solid earth and oceans. In fact the scientific program, under the theme “Monitoring and Understanding a Dynamic Planet with Geodetic and Oceanographic Tools”, will emphasize the interaction of the earth and oceanographic sciences. The program will be enriched by a focus on the geodetic and oceanographic challenges in the tropics, the Asian region, the Pacific Ocean and its environs, and Antarctica, all regions where Australian and New Zealand scientists, and their international collaborators, play a significant role. For more information contact DynamicPlanet2005 Secretariat, C/- Event Planners Australia; GPO Box 2609; Sydney NSW 2001; Australia; Tel: +61 2 9241 1478, fax: +61 2 9241 1478, email info@dynamicplanet2005.com; http://www.dynamicplanet2005.com/Default.htm

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