Practical solutions to challenges posed by global anthropogenic climate change are non-global: in national and regional regulatory frameworks, in devolved implementation of policy, in behavioural acceptance and desire for change, and in process-level understanding underpinning systems science research.
Scotland is at the forefront of Climate Planning, with world-leading aspirations to shape a new way of living in the face of high-paced environmental change: land use for food and carbon stabilization, fresh water for energy and life, marine environment for energy and food. Aspirational plans need practical working solutions, which need underpinning evidence.
The conference registration and dinner are free (paid by SAGES) Attendees are requested to arrange and pay for their own accommodation. A limited number of travel and accommodation support grants can be applied for here.
This symposium will focus on three challenge areas:
Gathering Evidence: mosaic of underpinning research advancing earth system forecasting
Assessing Relevance: issue-dependent evidence base needed for policy and regulation
Designing Solutions: design and implementation of targeted solutions to achieve Climate Planning aspirations
These challenges will be viewed through FIVE topical ‘prisms’:
A) Water – supported by Scottish Government Water Industry Division
B) Carbon – supported by ClimateXChange
C) Planetary Wellbeing – sponsored by SEFARI Gateway
D) The Fragile Cryosphere – supported by NERC Arctic Office
E) Whole Earth Systems – sponsored by Geoverbund ABC/J
The Scottish Government has developed a Hydro Nation Strategy to ensure that Scotland’s abundant water resources are developed in a way that brings maximum benefit to all. They are also working internationally to support the achievement of United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 6 (SDG6) – to ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all. This session is supported by Scottish Water and will address key challenges in the sustainable management of the water cycle.
1) How can we create and maintain an evidence base that will allow effective multi-stakeholder decisions to be taken at river basin and catchment levels? What data is required? How might it be collected? What decision support tools are available to support the complex decision making processes?
2) How can we maintain and improve water quality throughout the water cycle? How can we control substances that enter the system, both established and emergent pollutants? Are there new and emerging water treatment technologies and natural process that can be applied at a range of scales?
3) How can we ensure the availability of water now and in the future? How do we deal with the sometimes conflicting demands of water users including, for example, the water/food/energy nexus? How is the sustainability of water supply affected by changing land use patterns (deforestation and urbanisation) and climate changes?
Following the COP21 and IPCC 2018 agreements, Scotland continues to take world-leading action on Climate Change (net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2045) with increased investment in low-carbon energy. Our Theme 2 ‘Carbon’ sessions seek to address:
1) What more is needed to accurately predict carbon cycling in natural and industrialised environments?
2) What actions need to be taken to arrive at Scotland's target of net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2045?
3) What evidence is needed to make decisions that work positively towards net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2045?
4) What are the solutions to create the government’s 20 ‘electric towns’ and low-carbon farming and forestry.
We therefore seek abstracts from the theme members to be presented at the SAGES 2019 Annual Science Meeting in a form of poster and/or presentation.
How can we use wellbeing of people and planet as a concept to address global climate change?
Evidence: What do we know about links between wellbeing of people, nature and climate?
Relevance: We know that we need to act quickly, and adapt policy and practice. How do we act effectively?
Solutions: Moving forward, we need to use this understanding of the links between nature and wellbeing to change systems, narratives, mind-sets and behaviour
The Fragile Cryosphere
Our Cryosphere comprises all the frozen water on Earth that is primarily stored in the ice sheets and ice caps of the Arctic and Antarctic, the sea ice that surrounds the poles, and the glaciers of high-mountain regions across the world. Its widespread shrinkage is arguably the most apparent manifestation of our changing global climate, and will lead to rising sea levels and enhanced coastal inundation, modified marine and terrestrial ecosystem functions, and significant changes to freshwater water resources. This session welcomes contributions focussed around:
- How good are our projections for future changes in the cryosphere and their global impacts?
- What are the environmental and socioeconomic impacts to Scotland and the world of reductions in glacial and marine ice cover?
- What data and/or improved understanding are needed to be able to equip the science community and decision-makers with constraints on rising sea levels and changes to marine and freshwater resources arising from shrinking ice?
- How can cryospheric change and/or its impacts be mitigated and/or exploited in an adapting world?
Whole Earth Systems
Changes in the Earth systems are shaped by interactions among its various components, as well as by life and human activities. Earth System Models are essential tools to predict future changes in the Earth system and their impacts, to understand the underpinning mechanisms, and to inform adaptation strategies. The session welcomes contributions focused on using Earth System models, possibly combined with GIS and Artificial Intelligence geospatial analyses, to address the following questions:
1) What are key interactions and mechanisms/feedbacks driving changes in the Earth system?
2) How can these be conceptualized, modelled, and quantified?
3) How can we develop predictions to regional/global changes and quantify the impacts for human activities and future Earth system management?
The programme below is intended to be used as an at-a-glance overview of the conference.
Full programme available soon.
Arrival and Coffee
Mark Inall, Director
Des Thompson, Chair of Advisory Board
Scottish Government, Cabinet Secretary
Lunch and Networking
Parallel Sessions A B C D E
Posters and wine
Move to Our Dynamic Earth
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|Our Dynamic Earth|
Arrival & coffee
Parallel Sessions A B C D E
Parallel Sessions A B C D E
Parallel Sessions A B C D E
Awards presentation and closing comments
Abstract submissions are now welcome for consideration for SAGES19 which will be held in Edinburgh on the 27th & 28th November 2019.
Call for Abstracts Opens: 6 May, 2019
Abstract Submission Deadline: 30 September, 2019
Notification of Review Outcome: w/c 14 October, 2019
Deadline for accepted authors to confirm attendance: 28 October, 2019
Abstracts from award winners, invited plenary and keynote speakers, and any submitters wishing to make a contributed oral or poster presentation must be uploaded via the online portal.
Presenting Authors are requested to create an account and submit an abstract for review according to the guidelines set out below.
Should you require any assistance or have a query about online submission please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Upon successful submission of the abstract a confirmation email will be sent to the Presenting Author.
You do not need to register for the Conference prior to submitting an abstract however following acceptance into the programme you must register by 30 September, 2019.
- It is ESSENTIAL that you read the instructions below before you submit.
- The Presenting Author must submit the abstract as a PDF and is required to be the corresponding author for that abstract
- Abstracts must be in English
- The PDF abstract including author names and affiliations will be published on the conference website and book of abstracts, please ensure that this will not raise any copyright issues.
- Please note that you can save your submission as a draft and return to edit the submission, but once it has been submitted the abstract cannot be edited after the close of submission deadline.
If you require any assistance regarding the submission of your abstract, contact email@example.com
An abstract can be submitted for presentation at the Conference as one of the following categories:
- Oral Presentation (including invited Plenary and Keynote presentations)
- Poster Presentation
At the review stage, the Programme Committee may change the presentation type submitted by the author to ensure the continuity of the conference programme i.e. oral presentation may be changed to poster presentation OR poster presentation to oral presentation. The presenting Author will be informed of any change to their submitted presentation type at the acceptance notification stage.
Contributed Oral presentations will be 20 minutes long and linked to one or more of the five themes.
A) Water - supported by Scottish Government
C) Planetary Wellbeing - supported by SEFARI Gateway
E) Earth System Dynamics
Invited Plenary and Keynote speakers only should submit using the Plenary Session theme.
Posters can be on any SAGES-related topic, or relevant to the theme of Climate change challenges
Accepted posters will be asked to produce a poster for display at the conference. Presenters are asked to take note of the following guidelines when producing their poster:
- Maximum poster size is A0 (0.84 x 1.19 m) in portrait orientation
- Keep text to a minimum
- Ensure any text is in large font
- Use graphs, charts, and/or tables
- Ensure contents have a logical flow
- Use the Velcro provided to affix your poster to the display board
- Make it colourful
- Removal and collection of posters at the end of the display period remains the responsibility of the presenter. Posters not removed by the indicated take down time will be removed and disposed of.
Abstracts must be formatted using the SAGES Template. Abstracts must be submitted in English and only PDF files will be accepted for upload.
SAGES pools world-leading expertise in geoscience and environmental science from across Scotland’s research base, creating a multi-disciplinary alliance at the forefront of earth and environmental research. SAGES is a funded geoscience network – for mutual benefit of members and the ultimate beneficiaries of research.
Scottish Blue Carbon Forum
The John McIntyre Conference Centre is located at the Pollock Halls Campus of The University of Edinburgh, situated at the foot of the royal Holyrood Park and Arthur's Seat, and a short walk to all the main tourist attractions.
John McIntyre Conference Centre
Masson House Hotel and Bistro
If you are interested in exhibiting with us, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Scottish Blue Carbon Forum
A student award will be given for the best presentation and poster, if you'd like more details about this, please contact email@example.com
SAGES is a multi-disciplinary alliance at the forefront of earth and environmental science research and education. We are a partnership between the Universities of Aberdeen, Abertay Dundee, Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Highlands & Islands (through SAMS), St Andrews, Stirling and West of Scotland, the British Geological Survey and SUERC, the Scottish Universities Environmental Research Centre. A powerful voice in Earth and Environmental Science. The REF2014 combined research power in Earth and Environmental Sciences of SAGES exceeded by 60% that of Oxbridge and London.
We offer three types of membership:
1) Research & Academic Staff membership (open to partner institute members only)
2) Associate & SAGES Funded Post Graduate Associate membership (open to non-SAGES funded & SAGES funded PhD’s from partner institutes only)
3) Affiliate membership (open to individuals who are not members of partner institutes for an annual fee)
Membership criteria and application process for all membership types can be found here
Professor Des Thompson, Principal Advisor on Science & Evidence, SNH
Dr Andy Kerr, Director, UK and Ireland, Climate-KIC
Miss Gillian Docherty, CEO, Datalab
Professor Mark Inall, Director, SAGES/SAMS
Professor Brice Rea, Excom Chair, SAGES/Aberdeen
Dr. Rebecca Wade, Landscape form, Use & Change, Abertay
Professor Emrys Phillips, Landscape form, use & change, BGS
Dr. Philippa Ascough, Carbon & Biochemical Cycles, SUERC
Dr. Ehsan Jorat, Carbon & Biochemical Cycles, Abertay
Professor Finlo Cottier, Atmosphere, Oceans & Climate, SAMS
Dr. Sian Henley, Atmosphere, Oceans & Climate, Edinburgh
Dr. Daniel Gilmour, Transformations in Society & Environmental policy, Abertay
Dr. Massimo Bollasina, Centre for Earth Systems Dynamics, Edinburgh
Dr. Matteo Spagnolo, Centre for Earth Systems Dynamics, Aberdeen
Dr. John Howe, Sages Graduate Programme, SAMS
Professor Mark Inall, Sages Director, SAMS
Professor David Blackwood, Water Forum, Abertay
Dr. Beverley Searle, Pollinating Wellbeing Forum, Dundee
Dr Christian Schroeder, Carbon Forum, Stirling