July 10, 2018
The 1st Pan-Pacific Anthropocene
January 31, 2019: Deadline for submissions
March 1, 2019: Announcement of accepted abstracts
March 15, 2019: Announcement of tentative agenda
May 14-17, 2019: Conference on Pan-Pacific Anthropocene
To promote academic researches of relative fields in the Pan-Pacific Anthropocene.
To hold workshops, academic speeches and conferences.
To reveal the updated regional and global changes in climate, environment, propose possible future trend and suggestion to the international society.
To conduct other activities those are consistent with the aims of the Association.
Director of the committee: Chuan-Chou Shen, the Department of Geosciences, National Taiwan University
Climate observations and simulations:
Dr. Huang-Hsiung Hsu (Research Center for Environmental Changes, Academia Sinica)
Dr. John Chiang (University of California, Berkeley, USA)
Dr. Pao-Kuan Wang (Research Center for Environmental Changes, Academia Sinica)
Dr. Kam-Biu Liu (College of the Coast & Environment, Louisiana State University, USA)
Terrestrial proxy records:
Dr. Liangcheng Tan (Institute of Earth Environment, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Xi’an)
Dr. Ashish Sinha (Department of Earth Sciences, California State University)
Marine proxy records:
Dr. Kristine DeLong (Department of Geography and Anthropology, Louisiana State University)
Dr. Yusuke Yokoyama (Atmosphere and Ocean Research Institute, The University of Tokyo)
Dr. Tso-Ren Wu (Graduate Institute of Hydrological & Oceanic Sciences, National Central University)
Dr. Adam Switzer (Earth Observatory of Singapore, Nanyang Technological University)
Topography and geomorphology:
Dr. Jiun-Chuan Lin (Department of Geography, National Taiwan University)
Dr. Margreth Keiler (Institute of Geography, University of Bern, Switzerland)
Dr. Hsieh Chih-Hao (Institute of Oceanography, National Taiwan University)
Dr. I-Ching Chen (Department of Life Sciences, National Cheng Kung University)
Archaeology and civilization:
Dr. Ivy Hui-Yuan Yeh (School of Humanities, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore)
Dr. Felicia Beardsley (Sociology and Anthropology Department, University of La Verne, USA)
The 1st Pan-Pacific Anthropocene
Workshop on Understanding the Pan-Pacific Anthropocene
The First Conference on Pan-Pacific Anthropocene
The 2nd Conference on Pan-Pacific Anthropocene
The 3rd Conference on Pan-Pacific Anthropocene
The 4th Conference on Pan-Pacific Anthropocene and the establisment of Association of Pan-Pacific Anthropocene
Track 1. Climate Variability and Change in the Anthropocene
Chairs: Dr. Huang-Hsiung Hsu (Research Center for Environmental Changes, Academia Sinica) & Dr. John Chiang (University of California, Berkeley, USA)
The climate of the Anthropocene is affected by both natural processes and human influences. Our understanding of past climate variability and change have steady improved, with increasing availability of paleo and historical climate data and the advancement of climate model and simulation techniques. While climate models are well able to simulate the basic characteristics of climate and its recent changes, inconsistencies between climate data and simulations remain especially at the regional level. While we have a firm understanding of the drivers and basic mechanisms of recent climate changes, we lack a quantitative understanding of feedbacks that respond to them: this includes physical processes like cloud feedbacks, and regional atmosphere-ocean-land systems such as the East Asian Monsoon and the El Nino Southern Oscillation. Longer-timescale feedbacks such as those associated with the Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets, and ocean meridional overturning circulation, add substantial uncertainty to our future climate projections. That being said, the trajectory that human development will take especially regards to its future sources of energy will be the strongest determinant for how climate will change in this century. Exploration of different trajectories provides valuable information for understanding the climate and human consequences of our future development choices. This evaluation includes understanding the increasing risk to weather and climate extremes such as heatwaves, droughts, and tropical cyclones. Key to understanding climate extremes, and the underlying regional circulation and climate drivers, will come from paleoclimate data evidencing their occurrence and changes in the past. The link between the study of past climate with understanding future changes is a key driving motivator for the formation of the Association of Pan-Pacific Anthropocene Association (APPA).
Track 2. Anthropocene Historical Record
Chairs: Dr. Pao-Kuan Wang (Research Center for Environmental Changes, Academia Sinica) & Dr. Kam-Biu Liu (College of the Coast & Environment, Louisiana State University, USA)
Historical documents often contain rich information about climate conditions of the time; some are of direct meteorological nature (e.g., cold/warm, precipitation, flood/drought, windy/calm, etc.) while others are events influenced by climate (famine, locust, grain price, etc.). They can be official chronicles, local (provincial, county, city, etc.) records, court documents, commercial transactions, personal diaries, etc., and can be useful sources for reconstructing past climate series for various climate studies. Due to their often descriptive nature, special care must be taken to render the derived information from these sources accurate and useful. We solicit contributions related to all aspects of historical climate studies including, but not limited to, discussion on the nature and relevance of source documents and records, methods of retrieving quantitative climate information, analyses of reconstructed historical climate series, comparison between reconstructed historical climates and climate model results, and general discussions on the characteristics of climates based on historical records.
Track 3. Terrestrial Proxy Records of Anthropocene
Chairs: Dr. Liangcheng Tan (Institute of Earth Environment, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Xi’an) & Dr. Ashish Sinha (Department of Earth Sciences, California State University)
The Pan-Pacific realm has been experiencing widespread climatic, environmental, and ecological changes resulting from the ever-increasing human activities. Instrumental observations from the region are however, too short to place the anthropogenic-induced changes in the long-term context of the regions’ climatic and environmental history. Terrestrial-based proxy records from the Pan Pacific realm can potentially uncover the true scope of the human-induced changes. In this session, we invite contributions that aim to (1) characterize and quantify the anthropogenic-induced changes using terrestrial-based proxies from the Pan Pacific realm; (2) provide guidance for a suitable GSSP for the Anthropocene; (3) offer model projections of future anthropogenic trends and coping strategies. Contributions that integrate proxy, model, archaeological, historical and instrument data are particularly welcomed.
Track 4. Marine Proxy Records
Chairs: Dr. Kristine DeLong (Department of Geography and Anthropology, Louisiana State University) & Dr. Yusuke Yokoyama (Atmosphere and Ocean Research Institute, The University of Tokyo)
The Pacific Ocean, which cover ~50% of the Earth’s surface area, is key to the climate system and is the location of the El Niño Southern Oscillation (ENSO) and the Pacific Decadal Variability (PDV), both of which influence precipitation, temperature, drought, and extreme events in the surrounding continents. Furthermore, shifts in the Earth’s orbit on millennial time scales cause sea levels to fluctuate, the strength of the monsoons to vary, and ocean currents to change causing further changes in the climate system. Paleoclimatic and paleoceanographic reconstructions using marine archives and proxy records can provide useful insights on past ocean-atmosphere variability on a variety of resolutions from sub-annual to millennial timescales. We welcome contributions that seek to reconstruct and provide insights on these changes in order to better understand future climate scenarios.
Track 5. Anthropogenic Geohazard
Chairs: Dr. Tso-Ren Wu (Graduate Institute of Hydrological & Oceanic Sciences, National Central University), Dr. Adam Switzer (Earth Observatory of Singapore, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore), & Dr. Jiun-Chuan Lin (Department of Geography, National Taiwan University)
In this theme, we examine the nature and processes controlling geological hazards and anthropogenic impacts primarily from both present and past environmental perspectives. Such data are vital for evaluating options available for the mitigation and strategic management of hazards, induced by earthquakes, tsunamis, and typhoons. The Asia Pacific is under considerable stress, both from geological hazards and the impacts of past and present anthropogenic activity. In addition, Anthropocene geomorphology could help us to understand the impact from the natural processes as well as the human society. This theme investigates the complex interplay of natural geological phenomena and anthropogenic activity. We seek contributions that characterize the nature and processes controlling geohazards and anthropogenic impacts and those that seek to evaluate risks posed by Them. Further, we seek to identify options available for their mitigation and strategic management.
Track 6. Biodiversity and Ecosystem Health in the Pan Pacific Realm
Chairs: Dr. Hsieh Chih-Hao (Institute of Oceanography, National Taiwan University) & Dr. I-Ching Chen (Department of Life Sciences, National Cheng Kung University)
The Pan Pacific realm encompasses some of the most important marine biodiversity hotspots and is characterized by diverse seascape and landscape. The region also supports the largest industrial fisheries in the world, which depends on the health of the entire ecosystem to secure its sustainability. The volume and availability of biological and environmental data to address the function and service of the diverse ecosystems have increased substantially in recent decades. We aim for enhancing dialogues between ecologists of different disciplines to understand the uniqueness and the threats to biodiversity in the Pan Pacific realm. We will focus on (1) current status of marine and terrestrial biodiversity in the Pan Pacific realm; (2) impacts of multiple stressors on biodiversity, such as overexploitation, invasion and pollution, climate change and ocean acidification; (3) land-ocean-atmosphere linkages and approaches for understanding ecosystem functioning in a changing world.
Track 7. Archaeology and Civilization in the Asia-Pacific Realm
Chairs: Dr. Ivy Hui-Yuan Yeh (School of Humanities, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore) & Dr. Felicia Beardsley (Sociology and Anthropology Department, University of La Verne, USA)
The advent of the Anthropocene may be defined by an escalation of human intervention in the transformation of our planet through landscape appropriation, change, and exploitation. Our influence visible in the increasingly widespread development of anthropogenic landscapes has left an indelible mark in the archaeological record. Key cultural practices leading to significant modifications of our environment include hunting, agriculture, forest clearance and subsistence practices, pressures of increasing population densities, growth and expansion of the built environment, shifting settlement patterns, resource use and overuse. This session proposes to explore archaeological evidence for the timing, pattern, and changing strategies of human activities that have left observable alterations to localized environments throughout the greater Asia-Pacific region.
The 2019 Conference on Pan-Pacific Anthropocene is free to all participants. Interested researchers, professionals, and srudents are welcome to join the event. We will provied a registration page for you to confirm your attendance in March 2019.
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Reservations can be made by filling out the reservation form and sending it directly to the hotel. ConPPA/TGA registration number is required in the reservation form to get special rates.
Details about hotel rates
Date: May 17, 2019
Sites: Yehliu Geopark and Jinguashi
Fee: 300 NTD/10 USD per person (Transportation and insurance are included. Staff will collect cash on site)
Maximum: 40 participants
Pre-registration: Required. Registration page will open on March 1, 2019. Accepted participants will be further notified.
Meeting point: Shuttle Bus Stop (on the west side of Taipei Nangang Exhibition Center. Please see the indicated area of the floor map.)
Departure time: 8:00 AM
Buses will depart from the meeting point on time (unless otherwise noted). Please arrive 15 minutes earlier.
Yehliu Geopark is famous for its sea-erosion landscape. Most of the spots are very close to the seashore; therefore, visitors are advised to read the tour guide and park regulations to avoid possible danger or causing any damage to the natural heritage. The total distance from the entrance to the end of the cape is about 1.7 km and the widest area in between is shorter than 300 m. The rock landscape of Yehliu Geopark is one of most famous wonders in the world. The coastal line is stretching in a direction vertical to the layer and the structure line; Waves, weathering, and earth movement all contribute to the formation of such a rare and stunning geological landscape.
Jinhuashi, located in Reuifang District, right next to the famous Jiufen in New Taipei City. The place is famous for its vast gold mine in the late 19th to early 20th century. After the mines dried up and the gold rush ended, the area still remains intact with nostalgic images of the past era. It was also nominated for the honor of UNESCO World Heritage site. Situated between the mountains and the coastline, the local scenery is exclusively beautiful, with the abundance of historical relics from the mining days, Jinguashi has become the ideal retreat in Northern Taiwan. The mining site now has become a part of the “Gold Ecological Park”, which exhibits the history of the gold rush period. There are other attractions within the area including the Museum of Gold, Shinto Temple, Golden Waterfall and so on.