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Special IGU-LUCC Programme for Young Researchers

SECOND CIRCULAR

IGU-LUCC'97 OPEN INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM

'INFORMATION BASES FOR LAND USE AND LAND COVER CHANGE RESEARCH'

JULY 3-4, BRISBANE, QLD, AUSTRALIA

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INVITATION TO NOMINATE FOR THE  IGU-LUCC SESSIONS, IGU'97 CSRS CONFERENCE

JULY 5-12, ARMIDALE, NSW, AUSTRALIA

IGU-LUCC'97 OPEN INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM

'INFORMATION BASES FOR LAND USE AND LAND COVER CHANGE RESEARCH'

Inaugural IGU-LUCC Study Group Symposium
Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia
July 3-4, 1997

(The Special Programme for Young Researchers commences on July 2 at the Australian Centre of the Asian Spatial Information and Analysis Network (ACASIAN)

The principal issues to be addressed at the first IGU-LUCC Study Group Open International Symposium in Brisbane pertain to land use and land cover data sources, standards for classification, appropriate scales for national and regional databases, and the utility/compatibility of various technologies and software. Academic paper sessions and workshops addressing these issues will be held on both days of the symposium, and there will also be demonstrations of GIS land use databases for China at the Australian Centre of the Asian Spatial Information and Analysis Network, Faculty of Asian and International Studies, Griffith University, the Symposium host.

THEMES FOR THE IGU-LUCC'97 OPEN INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM:

Papers/presentations for IGU-LUCC'97 are invited on the following themes:

     1. Sources for regional and national information bases
     2. Sources for historical information bases
     3.Classification standards for land use/cover data
     4. Issues in the scale and resolution of land use/cover data
     5. Utility and compatibility of various GIS software
     6. Applications of land use/cover data in the study of environmental change

THEMES FOR THE IGU-LUCC STUDY GROUP SESSIONS AT THE CSRS CONFERENCE:

An IGU-LUCC Study Group contingent of fifteen will be incorporated in the CSRS Conference in Armidale, NSW, where sessions on the processes and forces producing land use and land cover changes and their relation to agricultural sustainability will be held.

Papers are invited on the following themes:

     1. Processes and causes of land use/cover changes
     2. Land use/cover changes in comparative perspective
     3. Implications and problems of land use/cover change research
     4. Sustainability of land use systems

PARTICIPATION IN THE IGU-LUCC'97 OPEN INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM AND CSRS CONFERENCE

Attendance at the IGU-LUCC'97 Open International Symposium is, as the title implies, open to anyone who wishes to participate and who sends timely notification of their intention to come as instructed below.

However, the IGU-LUCC contingent at the Commission for Sustainability of Rural Systems IGU'97 International Conference hosted by the University of New England is strictly limited to fifteen participants. Those who might otherwise attend that conference independently of the IGU-LUCC should apply separately to the organisers at: IGU97@metz.une.edu.au (A/Prof. Tony Sorensen or Roger Epps, Department of Geography and Planning, UNE, Armidale, NSW 2351, AUSTRALIA. FAX +61 (0) 67 73 30 30)

ARRANGEMENTS FOR THE IGU-LUCC'97 OPEN INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM:

Attendance at the IGU-LUCC'97 Open International Symposium by twenty-five participants is envisioned, but more can be accommodated with sufficient advance notice. Those interested in attending should provide the information requested below, including the title of any proposed papers, by the end of April, 1997. It is not expected that everyone attending will present a paper, and only fifteen to twenty will be scheduled.

Venue for the IGU-LUCC'97 Symposium:
Brisbane has an area population of over one million and is the capital of Queensland, the state that occupies the north eastern quadrant of the continent. There are mountain rain forests, extensive ocean beaches, giant sand islands, and Australian faunal displays in the near vicinity of Brisbane, and those attending the symposium are welcome to arrive early in order to enjoy the city and its surroundings. The weather in early July can be expected to be dry with daytime temperatures in the low twenties, falling into the teens at night.

The Nathan Campus of Griffith University is located in Toohey Forest, ten minutes from the Brisbane city centre by freeway but worlds apart in ambience. Because of the semi-isolated locale, meals will be provided for symposium participants staying in University accommodation. More luxurious accommodation in the city or nearer to the University is available, and information on it can be provided but it will need to be arranged privately.

Accommodation, Meals, and Transport to join the CSRS Conference:
Accommodation in single-bed student dormitory rooms, plus breakfast, will cost under A$43 per night. Inexpensive meals will be available on campus for those arriving on the 2nd of July, or earlier. During the two days of the Symposium, lunch on campus and dinner at a nearby restaurant, including transportation, will be included in the registration fees, which will be A$100 for each of the two days. Symposium-organised bus transport on July 5th to Coffs Harbour, NSW, for those attending the IGU CSRS Conference hosted by the University of New England will be available for as little as A$25-40, depending on the numbers requiring it.

INTERESTED?

Those interested in attending the IGU-LUCC'97 International Symposium in Brisbane, 3-4 July, 1997, as well as those who wish to be included in the IGU-LUCC contingent at the subsequent CSRS Conference in Armidale, should provide the information requested below by the end of April, 1997.

Proposals for papers should be accompanied with abstracts of 100 to 200 words.

A preliminary program, notice of acceptance of papers and a schedule of the dates by which registration and accommodation fees must be received will be sent to respondents in May, 1997.

Information on the following form can be sent by mail, fax, or e-mail to:

Prof. Lawrence Crissman
Director, Australian Centre of ASIAN
Faculty of Asian and International Studies
Griffith University
Nathan, QLD 4111, Australia
Phone: (61-7) 3875-5137 or .... -7285
Fax: +61-7-3875-7956 or .... -5111
E-mail: LUCC97@ASIAN.gu.edu.au

Any questions are best sent via e-mail if prompt answers are required.

IGU-LUCC'97 International Symposium - Participant Information

Name:

Position:

Mail Address:

E-mail Address:

Fax Number:

I am applying for APN Sponsored Participation in the Young Researchers Programme:

                     (Curriculum Vitae in ASCII format attached)

I offer a paper with the following title to the IGU-LUCC'97 Symposium:

                     (100-200 word abstract attached)

I will require university accommodation (single room ) for:

Number of persons:

From night, date:
Through night, date:

          (Please notify concerning any special circumstances/requirements.)

I wish to attend the Commission on Sustainable Rural Systems conference, hosted by the University of New England, Armidale, NSW, Australia, as a member of the IGU-LUCC contingent:

I propose a paper with the following title for the IGU-LUCC sessions at the CSRS conference:

                    (100-200 word abstract attached)

I will require bus transportation from Brisbane to Coffs Harbour on July 5th:

Please e-mail or fax the information requested above asap.

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BACKGROUND:

INTERNATIONAL GEOGRAPHICAL UNION LAND USE AND LAND COVER STUDY GROUP

A new IGU Study Group on Land Use and Land Cover Change has recently been established (96.SG06). The intention of the Study Group is to direct research efforts to data and models which pertain to the middle range between the more common, strictly local studies and those which attempt to address abstract global phenomena. Therefore, the principal focus of the IGU-LUCC Study Group will be national or regional-level research with historical depth of decades to centuries that will contribute substantively to country-level, regional, and eventually even hemispheric or world-wide research on observed changes in land use and land cover.

The IGU-LUCC Study Group intends to work closely with the Core Project Office of the Land Use/Cover Change (LUCC) Programme, jointly established by the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme (IGBP) of the International Council of Scientific Unions and the International Human Dimensions Programme (IHDP) of the International Social Science Council, in order to promote international research on land use and land cover change.

One of the activities of the new IGU-LUCC Study Group is to sponsor international symposia on a yearly basis. The first will be held at Griffith University in Brisbane, Australia, on the third and fourth of July, 1997.

Another activity of the Study Group is to promote cooperation with related IGU Commissions and Study Groups. Therefore the schedule for the IGU- LUCC'97 Symposium will allow those attending to also join the IGU Commission on Sustainability of Rural Systems International Conference hosted by the University of New England, Armidale, NSW, Australia, on the 5th to the 12th of July, 1997, which will include an IGU-LUCC Study Group joint session. Information on the CRSR IGU97 Conference can be requested from: IGU97@metz.une.edu.au

The IGU-LUCC Study Group welcomes suggestions for corresponding members, including self-nominations. Those interested in contributing to the Study Group should contact the Chair:

Professor Yukio Himiyama
Institute of Geography
Hokkaido University of Education
Asahikawa, 070, Japan.
E-mail: Himiyama@atson.asa.hokkyodai.ac.jp


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