Hot topics at XVI INQUA Congress

July 15, 2003

Spanning about the last 2 million years of Earth's history, the Quaternary Period was marked by dramatic and frequent changes in global climate. Warm interglacial periods alternated with cold ice ages. Today, the Earth is entering a time of unusually warm climate. Significant and potentially rapid environmental changes could pose major challenges for human habitation. The XVI Congress in Reno, Nev., July 23-30 will examine the latest research on many aspects of questions related to this period, and what they can reveal about the future.

Hot Topics at the XVI INQUA Congress

Below are links to a quick selection of abstracts that may have broad human interest and news value among the many topics being presented at the XVI INQUA Congress in Reno, Nev., July 23-30.

Also, visit the News Media Resources area in the INQUA Congress website for news releases submitted by presenters and their institutions:

Geology of a Catastrophe - the When and Where of the Black Sea Flood

Holocene History of Catastrophic Hurricanes and Fires along the U.S. Gulf Coast

Vulnerability of the Global Agricultural Economy to Volcanic Eruptions: Lessons from Tambora

Holocene Abrupt Climate Changes: Altering the Trajectory of History

Neandertal-early Modern Human Interactions in Europe and the Assimilation Model of Modern Human Origins

The Disappearance of the Neanderthals as Part of the Late Pleistocene Megafaunal

A 250-year, Very High-resolution Record of Trace Element Deposition in Central Greenland

Where Does the Trigger for Abrupt Climate Change Reside, in the Ocean or in the Tropics?

When South America Was Colonized: an Aquatic Model for Human Peopling by Pleistocene/Holocene Times

The Beringian Barrier to Human Dispersal During the Late Pleistocene

Who, When, from Where, How and How Often? Pleistocene Peopling of the Americas

Quaternary Superfloods

The Genetic Consequences of the Ice Ages

Direct Impacts of Atmospheric Co2 Concentration on Global Vegetation Distribution

Pre- and Post-Hispanic Landscape Change in Michoacàn, Mexico: a Multidisciplinary Investigation

Paleoclimatic Perspectives on the Anthropocene

The Desert Research Institute, the environmental research division of the University and Community College System of Nevada, is the host organization and a sponsor of the XVI INQUA Congress, with direct administrative support from the DRI Division of Earth and Ecosystem Sciences. Other major sponsors include INQUA, the Geological Society of America and Gateway Computers.
Media Registration:
Reporters/Writers wishing to attend the INQUA Congress for news coverage purposes can obtain an application for an INQUA Media Pass by contacting:
John Doherty, Director of Public Information, Desert Research Institute (DRI), Reno, Nev. Preconference Contact Information:
Telephone: 775-673-7313
Cell: 775-722-4233

INQUA Congress News Media Resources:

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Desert Research Institute

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