Study consortium for Earth-Life Interactive System

1st SELIS International Workshop   Eco-Climate Dynamics in Eurasia / Monsoon Asia

Date: 26-27, January 2009

Venue: Symposion, Nagoya University, Nagoya, Japan

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About the Workshop:

        As scientists work towards solving the current global environmental issues, there is a great need for a more complete understanding of the earth system. To achieve this aim it is essential to establish and promote a synthetic science of the Earth-Life Interactive System – a science that treats the close interaction between the atmosphere, the hydrosphere, the geosphere, and the biosphere. James Lovelock, a British environmental scientist, proposed the radical new “Gaia” concept- a proposal that the Earth’s environment is actively controlled by the biosphere. However, the extent and ways in which the real earth system behaves like “Gaia” remain major unresolved issues. To achieve a deep understanding of the earth system, and through this, to propose a new discipline to study our planet Earth, Nagoya University has established a new virtual institute SELIS (Study consortium for Earth-Life Interactive System). (Please refer to the website of SELIS as follows:

         As a kick-off scientific activity of SELIS, we have organized the international workshop on the role of the Biosphere on the climate system, particularly focusing the processes in Eurasia, the largest continent on the earth. As you know, the rapid warming is occurring over Eurasia, and the hydrological processes and ecosystem are being affected by this warming, which in turn is likely to affect global-scale climate through feedbacks in the atmosphere and hydrosphere. These changes are very crucial for life and economy of people and countries in all over the Eurasia.

         This workshop aims to integrate current understanding of scientific issues related to the biosphere-climate interaction in Eurasia through energy, water and material cycles, with multiple time and space – scales including anthropogenic impacts and the future projections. To make this workshop more fruitful, we would like to collaborate with the international programs under the ESSP (Earth System Science Partnership), e.g., iLEAPS (Integrated Land Ecosystem-Atmosphere Process Study) and MAIRS (Monsoon Asia Integrated Regional Studies).



Session Themes:

Ocean – Land – Atmosphere Interactions in Eurasia / Monsoon Asia

Role of Vegetation in the Climate System

Vegetation Change and Climate Change



Organizing committee:

Tetsuzo Yasunari (chair),

Takeshi Ohta (co-chair),

Yasushi Yamaguchi (co-chair),

Hiroyuki Kitagawa (co-chair),

Hiroshi Kanzawa,

Seiichiro Watanabe,

Tetsuya Hiyama (secretary general)