2009

Conferences, workshops, events

  • The International Conference "ELECTRONIC GEOPHYSICAL YEAR: STATE OF THE ART AND RESULTS", Pereslavl-Zalessky, Russia, June 3-6, 2009
  • The Conference sponsored by Charity Kauffman Foundation, Systems Integrator "Office Technics" , "Data+" International Distributor, ESTI MAP - MapInfo in Russia, "Stroyteks" Group of Companies, Open joint-stock company commercial investment bank "Euroalliance", ASM Holding and information sponsors National Information Agency "Natural resources", Russian French Metallogenic Laboratory, Scientific analytic magazine "Engineering ecology" was attended by over 120 scientists from 8 countries (Austria, France, Germany, Iran, Russia, Slovakia, Ukraine, and USA). The welcome addresses were presented by A. Okhapkin (Mayor of Pereslavl-Zalessky), A. Gliko (academician-secretary of Earth Sciences Branch RAS), A. Ismail-Zadeh (Secretary General of IUGG), J.-B. Minster (IUGG), V. Mayer (CNRS, France), M. Zgurovsky (academician of NAS, Ukraine), and S. Abramov (corr.-member RAS, IPS RAS). The scientific program included the following Plenary sessions –

    4.1: Electronic Geophysical Year: results and prolongation (invited lectures: “Challenges facing Data Centers in the Earth, Ocean and Space Sciences” by C. Fox, NOAA National Geophysical Data Center, USA; “Electronic Geophysical Year: the Present Moment and Prospects” by P. Fox, High Altitude Observatory, NCAR, USA);

    4.2: Electronic Geophysical Year, International Polar Year, International Heliophysical Year, International Year of the Planet Earth, International Year of Astronomy (invited lecture: “90 years of international collaboration in geophysics” by  A. Ismail-Zadeh, IUGG);

    5.1: GIS, Methods of Artificial Intellect in Geoscience. Problems of Geoinformatics in Seismology and Geoecology (invited lecture: “Analysis of interconnection of big Kondratiev cycles of the world economy development and C-waves of system global conflicts M. Zgurovsky, National Technical University, Ukraine);
    5.2: GRID-systems (invited lecture: “Overview on GRID applications” by M. Petitdidier, H. Schwichtenberg, CNRS, France);

    5.3: Transition of World Data centers to World Data System (invited lecture: “The new ICSU World Data System: A world-wide community of excellence for data issues” by J.-B. Minster, N. Capitaine, D. Clark, ICSU World Data System Transition Team);

    5.4: Geomagnetic Observations, Geoinformatics and Virtual Observatories (invited lecture: “New approaches to look into the Earth’s magnetic field” M. Mandea, Helmholtz-Zentrum PotsdamDeutsches GeoForschungsZentrum, Germany);

    6.1: Global Changes, Climate and Weather in the Solar-Earth System (invited lecture: Diagnostics and modeling of natural and anthropogenic climate changes” I. Mokhov, Institute of Atmospheric Physics RAS, Russia).

    V.G. Kossobokov contributed to sessions 5.4 and 6.1 with presentations entitled “Feasibility of geomagnetic forecasts: a practical approach” and “The three longest temperature series from Europe evidence influence of a level of solar irradiance” (in co-authorship with J.-L. Le Mouel and V. Courtillot, IPGP, France), correspondingly, and participated in Meeting of the National Geophysical Committee of Russia.

    The Conference has issued the following -

    Pereslavl-Zalessky Declaration

    We, the participants in the “eGY: State of the Art and Results“ symposium in Pereslavl-Zalessky, Russia on June 4-6, 2009, endorse the “Tsukuba Declaration” of the “IGY+50” meeting in Tsukuba, Japan, on 10-13th November, 2008.

    Tsukuba Declaration

    We, the participants in the four “IGY+50” programs – the International Polar Year (IPY), the International Year of Planet Earth (IYPE), the Electronic Geophysical Year (eGY), and the International Heliophysical Year (IHY) – which mark the 50-year anniversary of the International Geophysical Year (IGY), meeting in Tsukuba, Japan on 10-13th November 2008,
    note the outstanding success of these international science year programs in building on the legacy of IGY by

  • advancing discovery and producing remarkable new insights into geophysical, biological, and sociological aspects of our Earth and space environment,
  • improving our understanding of the physical and social impacts on human society of complex environmental phenomena and Earth’s vulnerability to natural and human-induced change,
  • expanding Earth observational capabilities,
  • fostering cooperation among scientists from all over the world, and facilitating coordinated, inter-disciplinary investigations of global phenomena,
  • reducing the “Digital Divide” by engaging scientists from developing countries,
  • creating opportunities for young scientists to participate in international projects,
  • exploiting scientific and technical advances, particularly in information and communication technologies,
  • moving towards the goal of a scientific information commons by promoting ready, full, open, and timely access to data, together with long-term data preservation,
  • raising public awareness of the wonders of our planet and its space environment,
  • widening the knowledge base needed for managing the health of our planetary home,
  • and promoting a common spirit of cooperation and harmony among nations;
  • assert that these functions must continue and expand in the future if Society is to achieve equitable, sensible, and sustainable life on Earth, as well as satisfy man’s innate curiosity about our wonderful planet and its surroundings; and
    look forward, beyond IGY+50, to enhanced cooperation among the global science community, national academies of sciences, research funding agencies, industry, national governments, and inter-governmental bodies so that society and its leaders will have at their disposal the best possible data and information to make the decisions necessary for a sustainable future for humankind.

    Tsukuba,
    13th November 2008

  • Spring School on “Fluid Mechanics and Geophysics of Environmental Hazards” in Singapore from 19th April to 02nd May 2009 (see IUGG Electronic Journal Vol. 9 No. 6).

    The School was promoted by IUTAM (the International Union of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics) and IUGG, and supported by an ICSU grant. The school was supported by the ICSU Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific Region (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia), and it contributed to two of ICSU’s priority areas : Natural and Human-Induced Emvirronmental Hazradsand Disasters and Building Scientific Capacity. Kuniyoshi Takeuchi and Gerd Tetzlaff of GRC represented IUGG in the school’s international scientific committee. Harsh Gupta gave a talk on “Natural and Human Induced Environmental Hazards and Diasasters” on 20th April, presenting the ICSU research program IRDR (Integrated Research on Disaster Risk). A. Jayawardena and Gerd Tetzlaff contributed to the lecture program and the student projects. The full program can be found on www.ims.nus.edu.sg.

  • An international scientific conference was organized celebrating the 600th anniversary of the University Leipzig, from 02-04 March 2009 in Leipzig.

    The program addressed the whole spectrum of disaster risk reduction and was held on the premises of the University of Leipzig. Gerd Tetzlaff was the conference chair. Details are available from the homepage of the conference

  • UNISDR Global Platform meeting was held in Geneva, Switzerland, from May 16th to 19th (http://www.preventionweb.net/globalplatform/2009/). GRCers contributed to several events within the meeting (Harsh Gupta on an panel, Kuniyoshi Takeuchi supplied a side event, Gerd Tetzlaff a booth in the framework of the German delegation).
  • The preparations for the “Conference of the Parties 15” (COP 15) in Copenhagen from 07th to 18th December 2009 become more visible with every day. With respect to georisk aspects the field of adaptation to climate change is of interest. Such adaptation comprises long term preparedness with respect to extreme weather events and finally DRR (disaster risk reduction). The Hyogo Framework for Action and the Nairobi Work Program (for detail see the Bonn climate secretariat homepage : unfccc.org) give frameworks for the whole process. At this moment it is not clear, whether or not adaptation and DRR will be part of the COP 15 results. The preparatory meetings (Havana, Cuba 10-12 March 2009, Bonn 01-12 June 2009, Bonn 10-14 August 2009) signal how difficult it might be to bring DRR the necessary weight within the climate change decisions. Gerd Tetzlaff participated in the meetings. The importance of the matter is emphasized by the decision of IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) to produce a special volume on “Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters to Advance Climate Change Adaptation“ The expert nomination phase is terminated by the end of the month of July 2009.

 

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