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Conference Call for Abstracts: Southern Appalachian Man and the Biosphere

Each fall the SAMAB conference brings together scientists, students, and others concerned with humans’ relationship to their surrounding environment. This year’s conference will be held November 17-19 in Asheville, NC. If you would like to present at the conference, abstracts are due August 14, 2009.

The conference organizers describe it as follows:

“Without glaciers to melt and seas to rise, it may be tempting to suspect less dramatic consequences from climate in the southern Appalachians. However, under even modest scenarios, predicted changes in temperature and water availability will have profound effects on our ecosystems, resources, and communities.

What choices should we make now—in resource management, community planning, and research—to be better prepared and more resilient in light of climate change? This year’s SAMAB Conference will focus on what we know and how we can respond to climate change and variability in the southern Appalachians.

The aims of this SAMAB conference are to:

  • Offer concise, accurate information about climate change in the southern Appalachians
  • Advance the planning in the region that will improve our resilience, and explore how we can direct resource management and community development to respond to the anticipated effects of climate changes”

Abstracts may be submitted for a presentation, poster, or panel discussion and should include the following information:

  1. title of presentation or poster
  2. name and contact information for presenter and collaborators
  3. brief (~150-300 word) description of presentation, poster, or panel
  4. for presentations: which session(s) it fits within
  5. for posters: poster style (hanging or table top) and electricity needs.

Send abstracts by email to Nancy Herbert, Conference Chair, by August 14. Click for more information about SAMAB and the conference, including a list of conference sessions.


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