HALBAN An International Geosciences Conference entitled “Sea level Change from Minutes to Millennia” will be held between the 9-15 November at the German University of Technology in Oman (GUtech). A total of 50 scientists from 50 different countries including Germany, US, China, Estonia and Canada will participate. “We analyse the impact of sea level changes. Sea level changes are either the impact of instant changes like storms, indundations and tsunamis or long-term changes as the consequence of global climate change. This is important as coastal areas are densely populated, including critical infrastructure, such as desalination plants,” said Prof. Dr. Goesta Hoffmann, Associate Professor at GUtech’s Department of Applied Geosciences and at Bonn University (Germany). For his research achievements, Professor Goesta Hoffmann received the National Research Award of The Research Council last year. The conference has been organized five times per year. The meeting in Oman will be a kick-off meeting for a joint project, to be scheduled between 2017-2021, which will have four principal investigators. The six-day conference will include a one day workshop at GUtech, two day oral and poster presentations at the university and three days field workshop in different places in Oman. The conference is sponsored by UNESCO, the German Association of Geoscientists in Bonn, Cologne and Julich and GUtech.
The Programme of the conference supports work on five themes:
Earth Resources: Sustaining our Society
Global Change: Evidence from the geological record
Geohazards: Mitigating the risks
Hydrogeology: Geoscience of the water cycle
Geodynamic: Control our environment
About the IGCP: International Geological Correlation Program
The Programme has always built bridges between disciplines and between scientists, including young ones, with aims of stimulating cutting-edge research and sharing scientific knowledge for the benefit of all.
For over forty years, UNESCO has worked with the International Union for Geological Sciences (IUGS) to mobilize global cooperation in the Earth sciences through the International Geoscience Programme. This Programme has provided a platform for scientists from across the world to push the frontiers of knowledge forward through concrete projects. Better understanding the Earth is essential for the diversity of life and future of human society. The Earth sciences hold key answers to the challenges we must overcome to preserve our environment and develop sustainably.
UNESCO is the only United Nations organization with a mandate to support research and capacity in geology and geophysics, and the International Geoscience Programme is our flagship.”