The U.S. National Committee for the International Union for Quaternary Research (USNC/INQUA) represents the interests of the U.S. Quaternary community in INQUA, advances Quaternary research both in the United States and abroad, and formally represents the United States in INQUA through the National Academy of Sciences (NAS), the U.S. adhering body to INQUA.
The USNC/INQUA plans and arranges for U.S. participation in INQUA congresses and programs. The INQUA congresses are held every four years and provide the only forum in which the multidisciplinary, international Quaternary research community can collaborate and exchange ideas. The committee normally holds two meetings each year, of which one is commonly in association with the meetings of the American Quaternary Association (AMQUA), the Geological Society of America (GSA), or the American Geophysical Union (AGU).
This committee has organized a series of biennial “Teaching Climate Change” teaching workshops in collaboration with On The Cutting Edge and AMQUA. The most recent workshop was held in Duluth, MN, in June 2012. This committee is also active in the organization of scientific sessions at professional society meetings with the other U.S. National Committees for Geosciences, and is very interested in supporting the development of early career Quaternary scientists through mentoring activities linked to its travel fellowship programs, and, most recently, through self-standing mentoring activities at the 2012 and 2014 AMQUA meetings.
2015 INQUA Congress Extended Deadline for Abstract and Financial Support Submission: January 8, 2015
Once every four years, Quaternary researchers from all over the world meet at the INQUA Congress to exchange the latest research results and develop agendas for the years to come. In 2015, the Congress will take place in Nagoya, Japan from July 27 to August 2. The Congress program will address the themes of the Commissions during six days of oral and poster sessions, plenary presentations, and side meetings.
January 8, 2015 is the 2015 Congress deadline to:
The USNC/INQUA will work towards establishing a travel fellowship program for U.S. early career scientists. Please check back for updates on the USNC/INQUA homepage.
- Submit abstracts, including for the USNC/INQUA sponsored session (G02), Interdisciplinary Quaternary Research: Past, Present and Future. The goal of this session is to demonstrate the broad range of research conducted by Quaternary scientists and the value of interdisciplinary approaches to understanding Quaternary processes and the role they play in the world today. This session will include examples of previous and ongoing interdisciplinary Quaternary research at all scales, from very complex projects to relatively small endeavors, with a focus on those involving international collaborations.
- If you are an early career scientist, apply for financial assistance from INQUA.
More details on these opportunities can be found in this link (PDF).
23rd Biennial Meeting of the American Quaternary Association: August 7-10 in Seattle, WA
The 23rd Biennial Meeting of the American Quaternary Association (AMQUA 2014) was held August 7-10, 2014 in Seattle, WA. The meeting focused on the Quaternary geological and environmental processes that shaped the Pacific Northwest region, the animals that lived in it, and the late intrusion by humans. The meeting was hosted by the Quaternary Research Center, College of the Environment at the University of Washington. For more details, please consult the AMQUA 2014 website.
USNC/INQUA Mentoring Session for Students and Early Career Scientists: A mentoring event for early career scientists at the AMQUA meeting was held in Seattle on August 9, 2014. AMQUA generously provided the space and the lunch. This event, led by Rolfe Mandel (USNC/INQUA Chair), provided an opportunity for mentors to discuss their various career paths in different Quaternary disciplines and answer questions from early career scientists.
U.S. National Academy of Sciences, U.K. Royal Society Release Joint Publication on Climate Change
The U.S. National Academy of Sciences and the Royal Society, the national science academy of the U.K., released a joint publication that explains the clear evidence that humans are causing the climate to change, and that addresses a variety of other key questions commonly asked about climate change science. For more details and a link to the full report, please consult the Climate Change: Evidence and Causes press release
. PAST EVENTS 2014 AAAS Symposium - “Santa’s Revenge: The Impacts of Arctic Warming on the Mid-Latitudes” - February 15, 2014
This symposium examined high-latitude changes linked to mid-latitude weather and the effect of these complex phenomena on freshwater resources, food availability, and national security. This event was spearheaded by the U.S. National Committee for Geodesy and Geophysics, and co-sponsored by the U.S. National Committees for INQUA, Soil Sciences, and Geological Sciences.
An audio file of the symposium, the presentations given by each speaker, and a more complete list of media coverage can be found on the 2014 Santa's Revenge archive page
. Click below to see the BBC's coverage and interview with Jennifer Francis (1:51 minutes)Image courtesy NASA. Original file: http://www.nasa.gov/images/content/629341main_Earth_jet_stream.jpg.
Other press from “Santa’s Revenge: The Impacts of Arctic Warming on the Mid-Latitudes":
- L'Agence France-Presse (AFP): Reprinted in Arab News, DNA, El Periódico de Guatemala, El Espectador, Gulf Times, La Nouvelle Gazette, La Province, La Razón, Ledauphine.com, Le Bien Public, L'Orient Le Jour, Le Point.fr, Phys.org, RTL Info, Tehran Times, and Terra Daily
- Ars Technica: Santa’s revenge: melting Arctic ice may be driving this winter’s chill
- The Athens News: Temperate climates not getting off so easy on climate change
- Austrian Tribune: Changes in Jet Stream to Cause Longer, Harsher Winter
- Bfmtv.com: Le réchauffement arctique va-t-il entraîner un changement de climat en Europe? (French-language)
- Catholic Online: Winter weather that may go on for months? Wavier jet stream 'may drive weather shift'
- The Chronicle Herald: Winter: It’s all about Arctic warming
- CTV News: Warming Arctic changing jet stream and our weather: expert
- The Daily Mail: Is the jet stream changing direction? Meandering air flow could lead to longer, harsher winters
- The Davis Enterprise: Climate change needs long-term fix
- Digital Journal: American and European weather alters because of 'new jet stream'
- The Economist: Is polar warming to blame for America’s and Britain’s bad winter weather?
- Examiner.com: Scientists blame extreme weather on arctic warming, weakened jet stream
- Gawker: Change In Jet Stream Is the Likely Cause of Brutal Winter
- The Globe and Mail: Santa’s revenge: new evidence supports link between climate change, severe weather
- Guardian Liberty Voice: Excessively Cold Winter May Be Caused by New Type of Jet Stream
- The Hamilton Spectator: Dyer: It’s abrupt climate change, stupid
- I4U News: Longer jet streams are causing storms to last longer
- Impact Magazine: Floody Hell: Why Are We Having Such Extreme Weather?
- The Independent: UK weather: High anxiety among jet stream watchers
- International Business Times: Brutal Winter Caused By Changing Jet Stream, Scientists Say Warming Arctic Temperatures Are To Blame
- Kaleidoscope: Are the UAB snow days a product of global warming?
- Kashmir Times: It's abrupt climate change, stupid
- Lake Tahoe News: Warming Arctic may be causing jet stream changes
- Lancastereaglegazette.com and Marionstar.com: When snow goes away, expect new problems
- La Prensa: Ártico se oscurece (Spanish-language)
- Latin Post: Jet Stream May be Responsible for Extreme Winter Weather Climate Change, Says Scientist
- L'Est Républicain: Le régulateur du climat s’affaiblit en Arctique Le régulateur du climat s’affaiblit (French-language and subscribers only)
- Le Figaro: La fonte de la banquise affecte le climat (French-language)
- National Public Radio: Warming Arctic May Be Causing Jet Stream To Lose Its Way
- Nature World Magazine: Changes in Jet Streams Might Lead to Harsher Winters, Researchers Say
- The Nelson Daily: Faster, Higher, Stronger
- Newser.com: Hating Winter? Blame the Weaker Jet Stream
- News Tonight Africa: Scientists suggest Direct Link between Temperature and Speed of Jet Streams
- Planet S - Saskatoon's City Magazine: Jet Stream Trouble
- Physics World: Bad weather? Blame Santa
- Radio New Zealand News: Jet stream shift 'may change weather'
- RedOrbit.com: Colder US Winters Due To Shifting Polar Jet Stream: Study
- SBS: Jet stream shift could prompt hard winters
- Schwäbisch: Forscherin: Wetterchaos könnte mit Klimawandel zusammenhängen (German-language)
- Science Recorder: Shift in jet stream could mean longer, harsher winters, new study says (Subscribers only)
- Smithsonian Magazine: Why We Can Blame A Warm Arctic For This Winter’s Icy Chill
- Tageblatt.lu: Klimawandel könnte ein Grund sein (German-language)
- Taranaki Daily News: 'Something' happening to the climate
- Teinteresa.es: El cambio climático azota al mundo (Spanish-language)
- Time Magazine: Tired Of Endless Winter? Blame Changing Jet Stream
- The Toronto Star: Rapidly warming Arctic may be causing our polar-vortex winter
- The Tripoli Post: Opinion: It’s Abrupt Climate Change, Stupid
- United Press International (UPI): Change in jet stream could mean longer, harsher winters
- Wbur.org: Research Points To Jet Stream In Brutal Winter
- Wired.co.uk: Wavier jet stream means changing weather patterns
- Yale Environment 360: Is Weird Winter Weather Related to Climate Change?
Teaching Climate Change Using Large Lakes
The 2012 teaching climate workshop was held June 19-20 in conjunction with the AMQUA Biennial Meeting. Co-sponsored by the USNC/INQUA, this workshop introduced participants to an array of data that was gathered from large lakes and used to study past climates and predict future climate changes. The workshop provided hands-on opportunities to examine cores and historic images and use public-domain databases to develop classroom teaching exercises. It also included an optional field trip that combined a tour of working core and research labs with a cruise on Lake Superior on the research vessel Blue Heron. Read the workshop overview | View the workshop program.
Steve Colman, University of Minnesota Duluth
Karin Kirk, Science Education Resource Center, Carleton College
Rolfe Mandel, University of Kansas
Alison Smith, Kent State University
USNC/INQUA Vice Chair
Ester Sztein, Board on International Scientific Organizations, National Academy of Sciences
Katryn Wiese, Department of Earth Sciences, City College of San Francisco
Greg Wiles, The College of Wooster
INQUA Early Career Researcher Activities
INQUA has established an Early Career Researchers Committee (INQUA ECR) to support and connect young scientists and help them to become involved in INQUA activities. From December 2nd – 6th, 2013 the inaugural INQUA Early Career Researcher inter-congress was held in Wollongong University, New South Wales, Australia. The meeting provided an avenue for MSc/PhD candidates, Post-Doctoral Researchers, and research-active academics in the early stage of their careers (within 5 years of obtaining their PhD) to attend valuable workshops designed to assist ECRs with career development, to present their science, and to gain invaluable mentoring from more senior scientists. Details can be found on the INQUA Early Career Researcher inter-congress meeting website.
To become involved in INQUA ECR, please visit and "Like" the INQUA ECR on Facebook to share links and find jobs! You can also follow INQUA ECR on Twitter through @INQUA_ECR. You may also email Jenn Marlon at email@example.com for more information.
Contact the USNC/INQUA
Ester Sztein, Assistant Director
Pam Gamble, Administrative Associate
|SYMPOSIA AND PRESENTATIONS|
|February 15, 2014 AAAS Session: “Santa’s Revenge: The Impacts of Arctic Warming on the Mid-Latitudes”|
December 12, 2013 AGU Session (PDF): “Science Diplomacy in the Geosciences”
February 15, 2013 AAAS Session: “U.S. Climate and Weather Extremes: Past, Present, and Future"
December 7, 2012 AGU Town Hall (PDF): “International Geoscience”
February 19, 2012 AAAS Session: “Causes and Effects of Relative Sea-Level Changes in the Northeast Pacific"
February 17, 2012 AAAS Session: “Toward Stabilization of Net Global Carbon Dioxide Levels"
February 20, 2011 AAAS Session: “The Practice of Science Diplomacy in the Earth Sciences”
February 19, 2010 AAAS Session: "Dust in the Earth System"
December 17, 2009 AGU Poster Sessions: “Extreme Natural Hazards: Risk Assessment, Forecasting, and Decision Support”
February 16, 2009 AAAS Session: "Global Sea Level Rise: Observation, Causes, and Prediction"
September 25, 2008 BISO Symposium (PDF): “Global Connections among Earth Sciences, Health, and Policy"
February 15, 2008 AAAS Session (PDF): "Planet Earth: Lessons Ignored, Lessons Learned”