Welcome to Leeds in 2020

The 2020 Quaternary Research Association (QRA) Annual Discussion Meeting is being held in Leeds 8-10th January with the theme ‘Quaternary Earth System processes and feedbacks: challenges for society’, hosted by Leeds Quaternary.

Quaternary climate feedbacks, tipping points and shifts in system states are important areas of current research (as highlighted by the IPCC, and with UKRI developing funding calls on these themes) as they provide relevant case studies for understanding our currently evolving climate and projecting it into the future.  The conference is broad in scope, capturing the range of interests of the members of the QRA, particularly welcoming abstract submissions in the areas of:

  • Ice, oceans and sea level
    Keynote: Natalya Gomez, McGill University, Canada
  • Ecosystems
    Keynote: Angela Gallego-Sala, University of Exeter
  • Quaternary carbon cycling
    Keynote: James Rae, University of St Andrews
  • State shifts and abrupt changes
    Keynote: Camille Li, University of Bergen, Norway
  • Recent advances in Quaternary Geochronology
    Keynote: Kirsty Penkman, University of York
  • Implications of Quaternary Science for Earth’s Future
    Keynote: Paul Valdes, University of Bristol

Meeting organisers: Natasha Barlow, Ruza Ivanovic, Christian Maerz (School of Earth and Environment), Karen Bacon (now NUI Galway), Paul Morris, Graeme Swindles (School of Geography)

Sponsors: the meeting has kindly been supported by the QRA, Wiley and Van Walt

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