Seminarium med professor Gudrun Gisladottir 11 november 2014

gudrun_gisladottir_2Professor Gudrun Gisladottir, naturgeograf från Islands Universitet emottog Wahlbergs medalj i guld för hennes bidrag till vår förståelse av markförstörelse och ökenspridning på en ceremoni på Stockholms slott den 14 april.

Professor Gisladottir kommer att hålla ett seminarium baserad på sin forskning tillsammans men andra inbjudna talare den 11 november i Nordenskiöldsalen, Geovetenskapens hus vid Stockholms universitet kl. 13.15–17.00.


SSAG seminar 11 November 2014

In honour of Wahlberg medallist professor Gudrun Gísladottir, Reykjavik

Environmental change: spatial and temporal aspects of the interactions between humans and nature

The theme is focused around the interaction between humans and nature over the last millennium; how nature provide habitat for humans and how humans and natural processes have impacted on the physical environment/natural recourses.

Setting the scene: Gudrun Gísladottir will in her talk discuss research conducted in Iceland focusing on importance of healthy physical environment especially vegetation and soils and its ecosystem services and the natural and human impacts thereon. She will discuss the impact of climate change, land use, and natural hazards mainly volcanism on soils and terrestrial resources, and discuss how land use change may improve soils and terrestrial resources and the role of the time factor thereon. Spatial and temporal (centennial, decadal, annual) factors are of importance here, and physical, societal data and historical documents.

Given that volcanic activities may impact on human livelihood, especially farmers who depend on soils and vegetation, she will discuss how important it is to take into consideration the impacts of volcanism on terrestrial resources and the resident’s perception of volcanic eruption, when constructing disaster management, in order to limit the impacts of volcanism on farmer’s livelihood. This theme will be further elaborated by her collaborator and former student, Egill Erlendsson.

Carole Crumley will stress the theory and method in an overall approach of the importance of integrating humans and nature, natural and social sciences in environmental research and in understanding our cultural landscape and history, as a way to find a sustainable future. She will exemplify this with her research in Burgund, France.

Mats Olsson will focus on the importance of soils, such as their connection with land-use, their importance for ecosystem functions and climate, and about the potential threats we expose our living by thoughtless land-use.

13.15–13.30: SSAG President, Professor Sten Hagberg: Welcome and Introduction

13.30–14.30: Professor Guðrún Gísladóttir, University of Iceland, Department of Geography and Tourism, and Earth Science Institute, SSAG:s Wahlbergs recipient.
How has the interaction between humans and nature formed the terrestrial resources in Iceland: spatial and temporal aspects

14.30–15.00: Dr. Egill Erlendsson, University of Iceland, Department of Geography and Tourism
The impact of climate change, land use and volcanism on vegetation change in Iceland since the 9th century.

15:00–15.30: Coffee

15.30–16.00: Professor Carol Crumley, Department of Anthropology, University of North Carolina, visiting professor ,SLU and Uppsala University
A Conceptual Template for Integrative Human-Environment Research- examples from the Burgundian landscapes, France.

16.00-16.30 Professor Mats Olsson, Department for soil and environment, SLU, Ultuna.
The importance of soils –the potential and threats for the interaction with land-use, ecosystem functions and climate.

16.30-17.00 Panel discussions, moderator Professor em Margareta Ihse. Stockholm University: