20/03/2017 - 24/03/2017, Kiel, Germany
Socio-Environmental Dynamics over the Last 12,000 Years: The Creation of Landscapes V

Climate change is a comprehensive social challenge, and it is also a multiplier exacerbating social stresses which eventually may have led to civilization demise (e.g. Haug, et al., 2003; Wiener, 2014) in especially long time scale, e.g. century or millennial scale. Understanding the linkages thus requires strong input from paleoclimate, ancient society and archaeology. In the eastern Mediterranean area, coherent patterns and synchronous events in history suggest certain links between social upheaval and climate forcing (Dalfes, et al., 1997; Clarke, et al., 2016). However, links between climatic, environmental and societal change manifested differently in different locales and remain often unclear (Clarke, et al., 2016).

The session aims to discuss the social transformations that took place in regions where climate proxies indicate rapid and/or high amplitude changes, for instance, the 4.2ka BP event surrounding the Mediterranean. Studies of the Central and Southeast Europe, Middle East, Central Asia are highly welcome.

Specific topics include (but are not limited to):

  • Paleoclimate change regarding land, water, crops, animals, etc. and the associated changes in ecosystem services
  • Proxy reconstructions of natural and social-induced disasters and the impacts
  • Climate-related human mobility and demographic changes, and the implications for social inequality
  • Conflicts, cooperation, institution and social organization in terms of environmental stresses
  • Approaches in constructing narratives around the relationships between climatic and social changes
  • Quantification, modelling and uncertainties in studying the co-evolution process of socio-ecosystems

The abstract submission deadline has expired.

Full paper is encouraged to be submitted by the workshop time as we offer the opportunity to publish a book of the session proceedings. Financial support is available for selected participants.