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Call for abstracts: Sustainable social-ecological systems. 16th Swiss Geoscience Meeting, 30 November – 1 December 2018

Submission deadline: 31 August 2018

Sustainability science deals with the interactions between the natural and the social systems and seeks to assess who these interactions affect the challenge of sustainability, namely to meet the needs of present and future generations while reducing poverty and conserving ecosystems. Such interactions have been conceptualized as nature-society interactions, social-ecological systems, biophysical-social systems or coupled human-environment systems.

Sustainability science spans across many disciplines within and between social and natural science and is therefore multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary. Because it seeks to contribute to transform society and combines fundamental and applied knowledge, it is also transdisciplinary.

In this session, the objective is to gather contributions that deal with core questions of sustainability by addressing social-ecological interactions, including:

•    Long-term trends and transitions in interactions between ecological and social systems
•    Risk and resilience in social-ecological systems
•    Theories and models of social-ecological systems, e.g. safe and just operating space
•    Distant social-ecological interactions, e.g. “telecouplings”
•    Sustainable management of land systems
•    Sustainability assessments and trade-offs between human-wellbeing and environmental sustainability

The organizers welcome contributions from junior and senior scholars with interdisciplinary and integrative scopes, as well as transdisciplinary contributions that address transformations to sustainability at the science-society interface.

For more information, see

Location: Switzerland

Call for abstracts: Coupled Human-Earth Systems for Sustainability, 2018 IGU Regional Conference

Conference date(s): 06 August 2018 - 10 August 2018

As part of the 2018 IGU Regional Conference which will be held in the Québec City Convention Centre from August 6 to 10, 2018, the IGU commission on Geography for Future Earth: Coupled Human-Earth Systems for Sustainability (IGU-GFE) will organize the session “Coupled Human-Earth Systems for Sustainability”. They are inviting papers for presentation in the session which covers the following areas of interest (but are not limited to):

•    Fundamentals of Geography for Future Earth, and especially new theories and hypothesis on coupled human-earth systems for sustainability;
•    Open and inclusive platforms for Geospatial Big Data and observations of coupled human-earth systems;
•    Integrated Earth system models to deepen our understanding of complex Earth systems and human dynamics across different scales;
•    Linkages and dynamic analysis among ecological process, services, and human wellbeing;
•    Human Contributions and Responses to global climate/environmental changes and sustainability;
•    Evaluation tools for sustainable development, multi-scale sustainability evaluation, and sustainable scenarios for transformative development pathways.

All submitted abstracts will be accepted. The review process will determine the place in the program. Before submitting an abstract, author must register online, pay all fees and receive their abstract submission code at:
All abstract submissions must be made through the IGU-CAG- NCGE Online Submission Platform.  Abstracts must not exceed 250 words. The abstract should describe the object of study, research questions, methods, and conclusions.  All abstracts are due by 15 March 2018 at 11:59 pm EST.
Further details of the submission procedures are available on the conference website:

Location: Québec City Convention Centre, Canada

Call for Abstracts – American Geophysical Union 2018 Session GC010: Ambient air pollution, climate change, and societal impacts in South Asia, 10-14 December 2018

Submission deadline: 01 August 2018

South Asia is undergoing rapid population growth and economic development with important feedbacks for environmental change. Resource demands associated with societal transitions continue to exacerbate air pollution. These pollutants combined with greenhouse gas emissions have important effects on regional climate processes, such as extreme events including heat waves and floods, and features of the regional monsoons. Such environmental feedbacks have important implications for the resilience of human systems (e.g., human health, livelihoods, food production) and environmental sustainability. This session brings together research on multiple dimensions of environmental change and impacts in South Asia to better understand connections between air pollution, climate, and implications for the growing and potentially vulnerable populations of the region. We encourage submissions on a range of sub-topics with a focus on South Asia including but not limited to: air pollution impacts on human health; climate change and its drivers; relevant impacts on poverty and food security.

For more information, see

Location: United States of America

Opportunity: Expert review of IPCC Special Report on Climate Change and Land

Submission deadline: 29 July 2018

The first order draft (FOD) of the IPCC Special Report on Climate Change and Land is open for expert review until 5 August 2018, with registration closing 29 July 2018.

The expert review of the FOD is a key element of the IPCC assessment process, which helps ensure that the report provides a balanced and comprehensive assessment of the latest scientific findings.  The expert review process shall be objective, open and transparent, with a wide circulation that aims to involve as many independent experts as possible in the IPCC process, seeking a range of views, expertise, and geographical representation. Being an expert reviewer allows you to comment on the accuracy and completeness of the scientific/technical/socio-economic content and the overall scientific/technical/socio-economic balance of the draft according to your own knowledge and experience. For more information on the role of Expert Reviewers, see

To become an expert reviewer, register online at


Call for Abstracts - INQUIMUS 2018 workshop. Methods and tools to assess multi-hazard risk, vulnerability and resilience, 3-5 December 2018

Submission deadline: 15 July 2018

The INQUIMUS 2018 Workshop on "Methods and tools to assess multi-hazard risk, vulnerability and resilience" will illustrate and discuss how quantitative and qualitative assessment methods could boost a transition toward a new generation of multi-hazard risk, vulnerability and resilience assessments.

 INQUIMUS ("Integrating quantitative and qualitative assessment methodologies for multi-dimensional phenomena") has been running for four years, alternately hosted by University of Salzburg, Department of Geoinformatics - Z_GIS/ Salzburg - Austria and Eurac Research, Institute for Earth Observation/ Bolzano - Italy.

Under the umbrella of the integration of quantitative and qualitative scientific approaches, INQUIMUS was organized each year with a different overarching topic:
•    2014 Spatial indicators and assessment of vulnerability and resilience (Salzburg | Austria)
•    2015 Challenges in Q2 methodologies to acquire and integrate data for the assessment of risk, vulnerability and resilience (Bozen/Bolzano | Italy)
•    2016 Spatial and temporal dynamics of risk and vulnerability (Salzburg | Austria)
•    2017 How can scientific assessments inform decisions for problem solving in practice? (Bozen/Bolzano | Italy).

The 2018 edition will be hosted by Ca'Foscari University of Venice and the Euro-Mediterranean Center on Climate Change (CMCC).

For more information about the event and the abstract’s requirements, see

Location: Italy