Conference News

FLAG Biennial Meeting 2018

Liège, Belgium, 2nd - 7th September, 2018

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"EX-AQUA 2018: Palaeohydrological Extreme Events"

Szeged, Hungary, 6th - 9th September, 2018

Workshop of IFG project
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Palaeohydrology and fluvial archives - hydrological extreme and critical events (HEX)

Dublin, Ireland, 25th - 31st July, 2019

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Past Meetings supported by IFA on Palaeohydrology and fluvial archives

9th International Conference on Geomorphology (IAG)

New Delhi, India, 6th - 11th November, 2017

  • Session S12 “Palaeohydrology and Fluvial Archives - hydrological extreme and critical events (HEX)” jointed session GLOCOPH / FLAG

    Conveners: Jürgen Herget, Alessandro Fontana, Martin Stokes

"EX-AQUA 2017: Palaeohydrological Extreme Events"

New Delhi, India, November, 2017

  • Workshop "EX-AQUA 2017: Palaeohydrological Extreme Events" (chronologically related to the conference)

    Organizer: Rajiv Sinha

FLAG Biennial Meeting 2016

Evolution of river valleys in Central Europe

Kielce-Suchedniow, Poland, 12th - 18th September, 2016

Organizer: Tomasz Kalicki


Palaeohydrological extreme events - evidence and archives

Padova, Italy, 26th - 30th September, 2016

Organiser: Alessandro Fontana

Abstracts available here (2.97MB)

IAG Regional Conference in Barnaul (Russia)

Special session on “Cataclysmic fluvial events on Earth and extraterrestrial bodies”

Barnaul, Russia, July, 2015

Field trip to Altai Mountains along the route followed by Late Pleistocene GLOFs.

Session organizer: Andrei Panin (University of Moscow).


Palaeohydrology and fluvial archives: climatic and tectonic imprints on short and long-term fluvial dynamics

Nagoya, Japan, 27th July - 2nd August, 2015

This session is supported by Global Continental Palaeohydrology (GLOCOPH), and Fluvial Archives Group (FLAG).

Conveners: Gerardo Benito, David Bridgland, Stephane Cordier and Juergen Herget

HEX 2014


Bonn, Germany, 9th - 15th June, 2014

Organizer: Juergen Herget

Abstracts available here (1.632KB)

8th International Conference on Geomorphology (IAG)

Paris, France, 27th - 31st August, 2013

Session “Palaeohydrology and Fluvial Archives” jointed session GLOCOPH/FLAG


Hydrological Extreme Events in Changing Climate:Reconstructing extreme events from fluvial chronologies and their links to climate and anthropogenic drivers

Utrecht, The Netherlands, 29th - 30th November, 2012

The 1st workshop of the HEX Events project (Hydrological Extreme Events in Changing Climate), supported by INQUA will be held at the Faculty of Geosciences, Department of Physical Geography, University of Utrecht, The Netherlands.The aim of the meeting is to present and discuss on regional extended records of hydrological events (above average stream flow and discrete flood events) from multiple proxies (geological and historical) and to establish in-phase and out-of-phase periods of hydrological activity in response to climate and atmospheric circulation variabilityThe output of the discussions is to produce a synthesis and regional intercomparison of flood and drought histories based on radiometrically dated fluvial units in river systems within a range of depositional environments.

Organisers: G. Benito (CSIC-Spain), K. Cohen (Univ. of Utrecht, The Netherlands), M.G. Macklin (Aberystwyth University, UK), J. Herget (University of Bonn, Germany). 


From Landscape Archaeology to Archaeotourism

Moscow-Smolensk, Russia, 20th - 24th August, 2012

Conference aim is linking together different kinds of specialists interested in geomorphic and palaeoenvironmental aspects of archaeological studies, risk assessment and protection of archaeological sites and archaeological materials against environmental damaging processes of different nature (geomorphological, hydrological, pedological), and putting archaeological heritage into public domain. 

Local organizers and sponsors:

Smolensk University for Humanities (SHU)

Administration of the Smolensk Region (ASR)

Russian Association of Geomorphologists


Altai Mountains, Siberia, 1st - 14th August, 2010

In the first half of August 2010, finally 14 scientists from France, Germany, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, USA and Uzbekistan participated in the two weeks field workshop. Starting in Novosibirsk, the team visited the traces of one of the largest Pleistocene glacial lake outburst flood along the River Ob up to its headwaters near the border to Mongolia. Discussions on questions, perspectives and consequences of numerous impressions during the trip started in the sections and view points, were continued during walks in the step and forest and brought partly to temporary conclusions at the fire sites in the evenings. Still open questions and new ideas resulted in further individual cooperation and an intensified scientific network for exchange at conferences, joint publications and future projects on related topics.

The organisers Pavel Borodavko (Tomsk, Russia) and Juergen Herget (Bonn, Germany) thank the participants for their interest and productive inspiring discussions during the trip.

lower Chuya valley    pingo near Beltir, Chuya basin
The team during a short rest after hiking on top of the run-up deposits consisting of suspension gravels of the outburst flood in lower Chuya valley (left, photo by D. Garcia-Castellanos) and on top of a small recent pingo near Beltir, Chuya basin (right).


Haifa-Jerusalem-Dead Sea-Negev, Israel, 25th October - 3rd November, 2009

The 7th International Meeting on Global Continental Paleohydrology, promoted by the focus area on Hydrology and Global Change of the Terrestrial Processes (TERPRO) Commission of the International Quaternary Association (INQUA), was held in Israel between 25th October-3rd November 2009. The aim of the meeting was to bring together scientists working on a diversity of research themes which relate to different aspects of the hydrological cycle, including rivers, lakes, and groundwater systems, at all temporal and spatial scales, but giving special emphasis to late Quaternary change at terrestrial sites, to analyse both rapid changes (decades to centuries) and long-term (centuries to millennia) changes. The conveners of the workshop were Yehouda Enzel (Hebrew University, Jerusalem), Noam Greenbaum (University of Haifa) and Tamir Grodek (Hebrew University, Jerusalem), and it was attended by 60 researchers and professionals, representing some 12 countries. The Meeting comprised (a) two days of oral presentations hold at the Haifa University's Geography Department and at the Institute of Earth Sciences of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem; (b) seven-day intensive field trip, with two days in northern Israel and five days along the western Dead Sea and in the northeastern Negev Desert, and (c) key note lectures by top Israeli geoscientists at the evening of the field trip journeys. In the meeting were presented 42 scientific works, 32 oral presentations, including 17 key notes (30-40 minutes oral presentations), and 10 posters. The seven days field trip included visits to research sites in diverse environments presenting various aspects of fluvial and lacustrine paleohydrology, paleoclimatology, geomorphology, and related research fields at the eastern Galilee, the Sea of Galilee, the Dead Sea, and the northeastern Negev regions. The field trip participants visited 40 sites (stops), on which 27 scientists from six Israelis universities and institutions contributed with on-site explanations on the bases of scientific publications in top scientific publications. The meeting was very intensive in terms of scientific contents and schedule undertaken by a perfect organisation from the Israeli convenors. The high quality scientific presentations on palaeohydrological cross-cutting issues (fluvial, lakes, groundwater, etc.) and related techniques (isotopic composition, mineralogical analysis, geochronology) were positively viewed by the meeting participants as the way to understand long-term climate and environmental changes. The field trip presentations provided a unique opportunity for on-site discussions of probably one of the Worlds best palaeohydrological records based on a combination of paleolimnological, fluvial and groundwater research, as well as showed the top quality of Israeli research in these fields.

The GLOCOPH group identified some key future research themes to be addressed on the basis of on sedimentary records and related techniques.
  1. Extending knowledge of how past hydrological changes/global change in the past can illuminate future scenarios, employing databases as appropriate

  2. Using results of global change modeling at a variety of temporal and spatial scales to investigate how anthropogenic climate change will affect fluvial catchments

  3. Investigating how specific land use changes are affecting fluvial and lake catchments in different climatic contexts.

  4. To further develop new proxies and methods for the quantitative estimation of past hydrological change that can be input to and tested against Global and Regional Climate models.

  5. To foster links among climate, hydrological and environmental changes by means of establishing close relationships among continuous terrestrial records on proxy climate (U series on speleothems and travertines etc), high resolution marine-core and ice-core records, and closely age-spaced data from other terrestrial material (rivers, lakes glacial detritus, soils). This requires a close interaction of terrestrial groups with the up-dated technologies for finely resolving chronology and the associated environmental changes.

Gerardo Benito