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    The scientific programme will be defined in collaboration with INQUA commissions. Among the different Quaternary issues, a focus will be placed on “a Mediterranean perspective”, which encompasses almost all of the fields of Quaternary Sciences. Hereafter a list of proposed topics, to be expanded and detailed on over 100 scientific sessions, which will make up the programme of the XXI INQUA Congress.

    1. From Natural Processes to Geohazards

      CMP Coastal and marine processes   

      TERPRO Terrestrial Processes, Deposits  and History  

    1. Earthquakes, palaeo-earthquakes and seismic hazard
    2. Active volcanoes
    3. Tsunami and marine geohazard
    4. Short to long-term environmental changes (flooding, landslides, desertification, tectonics) and societal response. 

    2. Landforms, facies architecture and sequence stratigraphy

      TERPRO Terrestrial Processes, Deposits  and History  

      CMP Coastal and marine processes 

    PALCOMM Palaeoclimate

    1. Geomorphic processes and sedimentary record
    2. Glacial and periglacial geomorphology
    3. Wetlands and paralic environments
    4. Coastline changes under the effects of climate and geological processes
    5. Geomorphology and stratal architecture of continental margins

    3. Homo and Quaternary environments

      PALCOMM Palaeoclimate 

       HABCOM Humans and Biosphere

    1. Human evolution: fossil record, phylogeny, palaeobiology, palaeoecology and cultural models
    2. Geological and climate forcing on ancient societies and feedbacks
    3. Geoarchaeology: from landscape to site and back
    4. Preserving and disseminating the cultural heritage

    4. Ecosystems and biogeography from latest Pliocene to “Anthropocene”

       PALCOMM Palaeoclimate

      HABCOM Humans and Biosphere 

    1. Response of biota to palaeoenvironmental changes
    2. Islands, continental bridges and drowned landscapes
    3. Palaeoecology as a tool for ecosystem management 
    4. Human environment in the (paleo-)Anthropocene

    5. Climate record, processes and models

     PALCOMM Palaeoclimate  

     SACCOM Stratigraphy and Chronology  

    1. Climate proxies
    2. Palaeogeographic, paleoclimatic, paleoceanographic and paleoecological changes in marine and terrestrial systems
    3. Past global climate records in polar and mountain ice
    4. Reconstruct past abrupt and extreme climate changes
    5. Climate changes on sub-millennial to Milankovitch time scale
    6. Climate modelling and data assimilation: simulate past changes and future scenarios

    6. The Quaternary time machine

     SACCOM Stratigraphy and Chronology  

      TERPRO Terrestrial Processes, Deposits  and History  

    1. Marine and terrestrial stratigraphy. Advances in correlation
    2. GSSPs and stratotypes
    3. Geochronology. Progress in dating techniques
     

     INQUA COMMISSIONS

       CMP Coastal and marine processes 

      CMP Coastal and marine processes

       HABCOM Humans and Biosphere

      HABCOM Humans and Biosphere

       PALCOMM Palaeoclimate

      PALCOMM  Palaeoclimate

       SACCOM Stratigraphy and Chronology

      SACCOM Stratigraphy and Chronology

       TERPRO Terrestrial Processes, Deposits  and History

      TERPRO Terrestrial Processes, Deposits and History

    Reference to commission is indicative