on the Study of Environmental Change Using Isotope Techniques
23 - 27 April 2001
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The obvious changes in climate in recent years have led to growing
concern, particularly with global warming and the effects of climate
on natural resources such as water and agricultural land. Research
has expanded in an effort to forecast climate phenomena. As in most
natural phenomena, the current changes in the environment, particularly
the climatological conditions, can be understood through historical
records measured in the concentrations of specific parameters in natural
archives such as ice cores, lake and sea sediments, corals, paleo-groundwater,
cave deposits, and tree rings.
Isotope methodologies have been found useful for recognizing past
conditions to understand possible future conditions. Isotopes are
indicators of climate related parameters like surface air temperature,
relative humidity of the atmosphere, and amount of precipitation.
In addition, the dynamics, transport and mixing processes in the atmosphere
governing the climatic conditions and air-sea interactions can be
investigated through measurements of radioisotopes. The input of isotope
data can thus strengthen the modelling efforts aimed at providing
a prognosis of future environmental conditions.
- PAPERS ARE SOLICITED ON THE FOLLOWING TOPICS
- Isotopes in the atmosphere and the hydrosphere:
atmospheric moisture and precipitation, transport of water vapour;
isotopes as a calibration tool for regional and global models of
atmospheric and oceanic circulation; isotope characteristics of
atmospheric greenhouse gases; reconstruction of past atmospheric
levels of greenhouse gases; isotope constraints on sources and sinks
of greenhouse gases; anthropogenic impact on atmospheric levels
of greenhouse gases.
- Interaction between the atmosphere and the
air-sea interactions and major climatic phenomena (monsoon, ITCZ,
NAO, El Niņo and La Niņa); carbon fluxes in the ocean; transport
of tracers through surface water systems; recent changes in large
aquatic systems (lakes and semi-enclosed seas); human-induced perturbations
of the soil-plant-atmosphere system on a local and regional scale;
impact of large scale deforestation on regional climate and hydrology;
rainfall-recharge relationship under different climatic regimes.
- Isotope indicators of past climatic and environmental
response of hydrological and marine systems to climate change; deep
sea sediments, polar ice sheets and high mountain glaciers as archives
of climatic and environmental change; palaeowaters as archives of
palaeoclimate; lacustrine deposits as archives of climatic and environmental
changes; sea level changes; other indicators of climatic and environmental
changes (terrestrial and aquatic organic matter, freshwater carbonates,
speleothems, corals, phosphates, etc.); modelling for predicting
- Advances in isotope and other analytical techniques:
recent developments in isotope dating techniques; C-14, Th/U and
other chronologies; new isotope tools for reconstructing past climatic
and environmental changes; isotopomer methodology and data analysis.
All persons wishing to participate in the meeting are requested
to complete a Participation Form and
send it as soon as possible to the competent official authority (Ministry
of Foreign Affairs or national atomic energy authority) for subsequent
transmission to the Agency. A participant will be accepted only if
the Participation Form is transmitted
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International Atomic Energy Agency or by an organization invited to
Participants whose designations have been received by the IAEA will
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i.e. travel and living expenses, of participants. However, limited
funds are available to help meet the cost of attendance of selected
specialists mainly from developing countries with low economic
resources. Generally, not more than one grant will be awarded
to any one country.
If governments wish to apply for a grant on behalf of one of their
specialists, they should address specific requests to the International
Atomic Energy Agency to this effect. Governments should ensure that
applications for grants:
- be submitted by 10 November 2000
- be accompanied by a duly completed and signed Grant
Applications which do not comply with the conditions mentioned under
(a) and (b) cannot be considered.
The grants awarded will be in the form of lump sums usually covering
only part of the cost of attendance.
No registration fee is charged to participants.
All papers - apart from invited review papers - must present original
work; they should not have been published elsewhere.
Deadline for submission
- A completed Form for Submission
of a Paper, together with the Participation
Form and two copies of an extended
synopsis of 800 words (i.e. two A4 format pages of single spaced
typing or the equivalent, including any tables or diagrams and a
few pertinent references) must be sent (in English) to the competent
official authority for transmission to the IAEA by 10 November
2000 (see section 12 below). In addition, this extended synopsis
should also be sent electronically to the Scientific Secretaries
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The synopsis should give enough information on the contents
of the proposed paper to enable the selection committee to evaluate
it. Introductory and general matters should not be included. The
synopsis - if accepted - will be reproduced in unedited form in
the Book of Extended synopses; therefore, the original must be
submitted as camera-ready copy. The general style and presentation
should be as in the attached sample.
- If changes or corrections to an extended synopsis become
necessary, a revised version may be sent to the IAEA by 10 March
2001 for inclusion in the book of extended synopses.
- The full paper should be submitted by 10 March 2001.
Authors are urged to strictly observe the above deadlines
as otherwise publication of their paper cannot be guaranteed.
In order to provide ample time for discussion, the number of papers
that can be accepted for oral presentation is limited. If the number
of relevant and high quality papers submitted for selection exceeds
the acceptable number, poster sessions may be arranged.
Authors will be informed whether their papers have been accepted
for presentation at a regular session or as a poster on the basis
of the extended synopsis. The IAEA, however, reserves the right to
refuse the presentation or publication of any paper that does not
meet the expectations based on the information given in the extended
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In addition, selected papers will be submitted for publication in
a scientific journal.
- WORKING LANGUAGE
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synopses, abstracts and papers must be sent to the Agency in English.
- DISTRIBUTION OF DOCUMENTS
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before the meeting.
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21735, e-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org)
and Mr. P. Povinec of the IAEA Marine Environment Laboratory in Monaco
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- CHANNELS OF COMMUNICATION
The Participation Form and the Form
for the Submission of a Paper, together with two copies of each
if applicable, the Grant Application Form,
should be sent to the competent official authority (Ministry of Foreign
Affairs, national atomic energy authority) for transmission to the
International Atomic Energy Agency.
Subsequent correspondence on scientific matters should be sent to
the Scientific Secretary and correspondence on administrative matters
to the IAEA Conference Service Section.