Upcoming Events

Summer School on Land Use and Ecosystem Change 20-27 August 2019, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany
The Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) will run an international Summer School on the topic of land use and ecosystem change at the KIT- Campus Alpin, IMK-IFU (Garmisch-Partenkirchen). Master and doctoral students are invited to learn about and discuss a wide range of issues related to ecosystem functioning, socio-ecological systems and land use change. 

AGU Chapman Conference on ‘Understanding Carbon-Climate Feedbacks 26-29 August 2019, San Diego, California, USA
Conference Overview: Uncertainties in the future trajectory of the Earth System stem largely from a lack of quantitative, mechanistic, and process-level understanding of the natural and human-perturbed carbon exchange processes that regulate the interannual-to-decadal atmospheric CO2 growth. Despite a great deal of  progress on the characterization of carbon-climate feedbacks across diverse aspects of the terrestrial, oceanic, and anthropogenic carbon cycles, there remain on the integrated roles of forcings and feedbacks in the evolution of atmospheric CO2.The overarching aim of this conference will be to bring together different pieces of the carbon-climate puzzle and to reach a community consensus on the large-scale efforts required to fundamentally advance carbon-climate feedback research.

Large-scale behavioral models of land use change, 8-10 September 2019, Tempe, Arizona, USA
Workshop Overview: This workshop will support the development of the next generation of global to continental/national scale land-use models based on human behavior, agency and decision-making processes. This approach will provide an alternative to the current range global models based on macro-economics and thus, will provide a working laboratory to test theories of human decision making, and undertake social simulation experiments in a globally interconnected world. Ultimately these models will be coupled with Dynamic Global Vegetation Models (DGVMs), biodiversity models and/or climate emulators to explore a wide range of environmental change drivers and to evaluate the consequences of these for ecosystem services. Attendance is by invitation only. For more information, please contact: aimes@futureearth.org

Degradation of Tropical Forests: observations, modeling and socio-environmental implications, 11-13 November 2019, Manaus, Brazil
Workshop Overview: Carbon fluxes from tropical forest degradation are highly uncertain components of the global carbon budget partly due to the lack of spatially explicit and consistent information on forest area as well the process-based representation of degradation in ecosystem models. Conventional strategies to measure deforestation rely on satellite-based estimates of biomass loss due to land use change and are limited in their ability to capture more subtle changes in ecosystem structure and carbon storage attributed to forest degradation. New satellite missions that use lidar and synthetic aperture radar (SAR) technologies will provide data on ecosystem structure at a spatial scale and resolution useful for benchmarking global model estimates of degradation including ESAs BIOMASS, NASAs current GEDI and planned NISAR missions, and DLRs Tandem-L mission concept, and recent model developments can provide more detailed representation of 3D vegetation structure and dynamics. Therefore, the timing is critical to improve the process-based representation of forest degradation in ecosystem models. This workshop will bring together experts in remote sensing, ecosystem modelers, and field ecologists to discuss new strategies for quantifying and modeling forest degradation. The four key discussion topics include: (1) recent methods for remote sensing of forest degradation; (2) innovative approaches to considering degradation in land use change models; (3) implications for carbon, energy and water balances and biodiversity standards; (4) anthropogenic factors leading to degradation and their reverberations for livelihoods and regional economy. For more information, please contact: aimes@futureearth.org 

Past Events

Joint AIMES/JAMSTEC workshop on ESM-IAM Collaboration on Future Scenarios: Opportunities and Perspectives, 31- May – 1 June 2019, Tokyo, Japan

Joint AIMES/PAGES workshop on Abrupt Changes, Thresholds, and Tipping Points in Earth History and Future Implications, 14-16 November, Max Planck Institute for Meteorology, Hamburg, Germany

AIMES SSC Meeting, 13-14 November, Max Planck Institute for Meteorology, Hamburg, Germany

Future Earth Summit, 27-30 August 2018, Bonn, Germany

Summer school for masters and doctoral students on Ecosystems and Land Use Change, 7-14 August 2018, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany

International Alliance for Open Modeling Standards, 29-30 June 2018, Fort Collins, CO, USA

Workshop on Extending the Climate-Carbon Cycle Feedback Framework, 25-27 April, University of Bern, Switzerland co-sponsored by WCRP, Oeschger Center for Climate Change Research and AIMES

AIMES SSC Meeting, December 5-6, 2017, Exeter, UK

Linking Earth System Dynamics and Social System Modeling, 23-25th May, 2016, Boulder CO

Tipping Points on Pathways to Sustainability, 14-15th September, 2016, Stockholm