[Aqualist] IGCP-464: 2003 Conference at Wollongong
toschi at uow.edu.au
Tue Jul 29 14:17:39 EST 2003
29 July 2003
Here is the first announcement for the annual meeting of the IGCP464
Allan Chivas/Adriana Garcia
School of Geosciences
University of Wollongong
INTERNATIONAL GEOLOGICAL CORRELATION PROGRAM 464
"CONTINENTAL SHELVES DURING THE LAST GLACIAL CYCLE"
14-19 December 2003, Wollongong, Australia
The annual conference of the IGCP464 has been re-scheduled and it will
take place during 14-19 December 2003, at the University of Wollongong,
approximately 60km south of
Sydney, Australia. The meeting comprises scientific presentations;
short courses, of relevance for both professional scientists and
graduate students; and two field trips to the south
coast of New South Wales (i.e. within 200km of Sydney).
Virtually all papers on continental shelves are likely to be relevant as
the project has four working groups, namely physical stratigraphy,
chemical stratigraphy, applied aspects (e.g.
resources and engineering), and human interactions with shelves.
In the conference, academic exchange and discussion will be focused on
the following scientific aspects:
* Depth of the eustatic minimum: position of sea level at the LGM,
similarities and differences among tidal/non tidal, high/low wave
energy, tropical/temperate/periglacial shelves.
* Palaeogeography: formation of continental land-bridges, narrowing or
closure of straits and seaways, changes to littoral dynamics, sea/land
interaction, coastal evolution,
* Palaeoclimate since the Last Interglacial: indications on
palaeo-rainfall/paleohydrology during LGM (i.e. why river courses did
not cut incised valleys down to the LGM sea-level
depth?), palaeo-wave climate (i.e. why lowstand deposits are more
redistributed along the coast than are transgressive and highstand
deposits), palaeoconditions on high- and
low-latitude shelves (i.e. water temperature and coral reefs,
palaeomonsoon, de-glaciation patterns), palaeo-morphology (i.e. shelf
morphology evolution during sea level fall, lowstand
and rise), palaeo-biology (i.e. microfossils and palynology as
indicators of water chemistry and vegetation patterns)
* Stratigraphy: possible definition of a sea-level fall/lowstand limit,
application of sequence-stratigraphic concepts to the last eustatic
cycle: Is the actualism applicable to the study of
* Geochemistry, specially stable isotopes, chemical stratigraphy for
palaeoclimate condition and stratigraphic correlation
* Heritage on human culture: witnesses of environmental changes and
shelf narrowing on human pre-history (disappearance of flat coastal
areas suitable for cultural/population
transmigrations, constant flooding situation, abrupt sea-level rise in
enclosed basins such as the Black Sea)
* Applications: Carbon Cycle, control on global climate, coastline
changes controlling sediment re-distribution, neotectonics,
hydrogeological indications, long-term littoral budget, shelf
mineral resources, engineering geology, coastal management.
Scientific sessions, ice-break welcome, business meetings, conference
Sunday 14 December: Evening, registration, ice-breaker and welcome.
Monday 15 December: Preliminary business meeting and scientific sessions
Tuesday 16 December: Scientific and business meeting
Wednesday 17 December: Three short courses on seismic stratigraphy;
geochronology (with laboratory tours) and stable-isotope geochemistry,
as applied to continental-shelf
sediments. We will try to make arrangements to permit persons to attend
all three, or at least two, of these courses, if they so wish.
Researchers not attending the short courses will have
a day off to visit Sydney and surroundings
Thursday 18 and Friday 19 December: Field excursion, around and to the
south of Wollongong to a particularly scenic coastline with post-glacial
barrier lagoons and
marine/non-marine transitions. The accommodation on Thursday night will
be in Wollongong. It will also be possible to choose to attend only one
of the days of the excursion if
participants do not have time for both days (more details will be given
in the third circular).
University of Wollongong, School of Geosciences (web site:
TRANSPORT TO VENUE
It is expected that most participants, especially from overseas, will
arrive at Sydney airport on Sunday 14 December. The conference will
operate a shuttle bus to collect persons at two
times on Sunday, for transport to Wollongong. There is also a regular
train service from Sydney airport to Wollongong, and several commercial
shuttle bus services, the latter requiring
booking in advance. Further advice about these will be provided later
when delegatesí travel plans are clearer.
AIR TRAVEL (PLEASE READ IT IS IMPORTANT)
December is a busy time of the year for international air travel.
Intending participants should try to book flights well in advance of
their travel, as flights just before Christmas into and
particularly out of Australia may be heavily subscribed.
REGISTRATION AND COSTS
The registration costs have been calculated to cover only the actual
costs, and a lower student fee is included to encourage their
participation. However the fees are relatively low, by
international standards. Because the conference is modular, it is
possible to attend any or all of the following three segments.
Sunday ice-breaker, Scientific sessions (Mon/Tues) and Conference Dinner
Short courses (Wednesday): A$30
Field trips (Thursday/Friday): A$70
The exchange rate for Australian dollar is 1A$= 0,56Euro or 0,67US$
The above fees include abstract volume, field guidebook, bus transport
from Sydney airport, ice-breaker welcome, conference dinner, lunches,
and morning/afternoon tea or coffee.
Evening meals could be of delegatesí choosing, but we will also offer to
bus persons to particular restaurants in downtown Wollongong and return,
on each night. Accommodation
could be also of delegatesí own choice, but we will offer university
accommodation at A$55/night (i.e. approx. US$34 or Euros 30), which
includes breakfast. The university
accommodation (Kooloobong) consists of units and each unit has 5 locked
single bedrooms sharing a bathroom, kitchen and lounge room.
12 September 2003: deadline for request of funding for developing
countryís researchers (accompanied by abstract submission).
21 November 2003: deadline for abstract submission and registration fee
Submission of abstracts and registration fees will be required by Friday
21 November 2003, except for persons applying for financial assistance
(see below). Details of these
procedures will be included in a further circular for distribution to
respondents and will be available in the projectís web page
The IGCP464 conferences will emphasise the exchange of information among
participants as it is possible that some researchers from hosting
countries will attend only one meeting.
To avoid the loss of this valuable information, all presenters,
including those for oral presentations, will be requested to produce a
digital version of their presentation. The poster should
be prepared as Corel Draw or Word file saving them as HTML, the oral
presentations as Power Point or Word files. The files should be recorded
on floppy disk (if possible) or in CD
ROM and given to the organizers at the conference.
IGCP-464 funds will be available to partially support a limited number
of speakers from developing countries. No one person will receive full
funding for their travel. Such funds will
be provided cash-in-hand to recipients during the conference.
Applications for such funding, including the abstract of the proposed
oral paper, should be submitted to Allan Chivas
(toschi at uow.edu.au) by Friday 12 September, 2003. This earlier deadline
is required to give IGCP headquarters, Paris, sufficient time to approve
the funding which is
Allan Chivas and Adriana Garcia
School of Geosciences, University of Wollongong NSW 2522, Australia
(toschi at uow.edu.au
adriana at uow.edu.au)
Francesco L. Chiocci,
Dipartimento Scienze della Terra, Università di Roma "La Sapienza",
Piazzale Aldo Moro 5, 00185 Roma, Italia
(francesco.chiocci at uniroma1.it)
Please answer before September 12, 2003
Family and First Name:
Scientific Sessions Yes/No
Short Courses: Yes /No
Field Trip: No One day Two days
Presenting a paper? Yes /No
If yes; its title:
Would you prefer your presentation be: Poster Oral
Do you wish :
to use university accommodation during the conference
to have a (more expensive) hotel accommodation
Send by email to: adriana at uow.edu.au
by fax to Adriana Garcia: (61)-2-42215703
by mail to: Adriana Garcia, School of Geosciences, University of
Wollongong NSW 2522, Australia
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