Session details for 2019 CSAFM Meeting

Jan 31, 2019

The CSAFM is holding two sessions at the joint meeting with the Canadian Society of Soil Science in Saskatoon (July 9-13).  They are:  Land-atmosphere interactions in a changing world and Understanding past, present and future effects of climate on agriculture, forestry and water resources.  Details are below. 

The deadline for abstract submissions is March 29, 2019.  Further information will be available on the meeting website -

CSAFM 1: Land-atmosphere interactions in a changing world

Physical and biological land surface characteristics affect how energy, water, aerosols, and greenhouse gases are exchanged with the atmosphere. Thus, interactions between the land surface and atmosphere represent a key component of the climate system. Land-atmosphere interactions are sensitive to human activities such as management and land use and cover change, along with climate change-induced shifts in vegetation composition and disturbance patterns. Observational, experimental and modelling studies can improve our understanding of land-atmosphere interactions. For example, eddy covariance measurements of fluxes of energy and matter help constrain flux dynamics across multiple time scales from hours to years. Ecosystem models and land surface schemes provide powerful tools to explore biophysical and biogeochemical processes underlying land-atmosphere interactions. This session highlights innovative research of all aspects of land-atmosphere interactions.   

CSAFM 2: Understanding past, present and future effects of climate on agriculture, forestry and water resources

This session focuses on understanding relationships between climate and land based resource sectors such as agriculture, forestry and water. We invite contributions that expand our knowledge base on how we can use past, present and future climates to better adapt and reduce costs associated with climate change, variability and extreme events. We encourage submissions related (but not limited to) any of the following sub-themes:

1. Exploring productivity limitations under different climatic regimes.

2. Integrating climate extremes in ecosystem models.

3. Mainstreaming climate information in resource based sectors.

4. Trend, magnitude, frequency and severity analysis of sector specific climate indices under the past, present and future climate scenarios.

5. Empirical/process-based methods for estimating climate variability impacts on ecosystems across multiple spatio-temporal scales.

6. Translating weather forecasts into useful decision support tools for natural resource managers.

7. Remote sensing application in agriculture and forestry

Modelling or measurement-based studies from the following sciences and fields are encouraged: agriculture, forestry, remote sensing, hydrology, climatology, geography, insurance, transportation, energy, actuary and media.

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