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Water and society: past, present & future

Event

Starts:

November
092009

09:00

Ends:

November
102009

17:00

Location

The Royal Society, London, 6-9 Carlton House Terrace, London, SW1Y 5AG

Overview

Organised by Sir Brian Hoskins CBE FRS, Professor Steve Mithen FBA and Dr Emily Black. In partnership with the British Academy.

The availability and management of the water supply has been a key driver in human history ever since the time of the first settlement communities of the Neolithic. It continues to be so today, with anthropogenic climate change further exacerbating the existing water crisis on planet earth. This meeting will consider past, present and future relationships between water and society with a particular focus on the Middle East.

The proceedings of this meeting have been published in an issue of Philosophical Transactions A.

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Schedule of talks

Session 1

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Land-use, water, and mediterranean landscapes: modelling long-term dynamics of complex socioecological systems

Professor Michael Barton, School of Human Evolution & Social Change, Arizona State University, USA

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Palaeoclimatic reconstruction in the Levant using proxy data

Dr Stuart Black, School of Human and Environmental Sciences, University of Reading, UK

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Stephen Cox, Robin Jackson and Brian Hoskins

Welcome

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The domestication of water

Professor Steven Mithen FBA, School of Human and Environmental Sciences, University of Reading, UK

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Water management in the south Levantine steppe and semi-desert ca.100 B.C. – A.D. 900 (ca 2000–1000 BP), the Nabataean, Roman, Byzantine and early Islamic periods

Dr Rebecca Foote, Khalili Collection, UK

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Stephen Cox, Robin Jackson and Brian Hoskins

Welcome

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Session 2

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Millenial variability in Middle East precipitation: insights from models and observations

Dr Emily Black, Department of Meteorology, University of Reading, UK

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Palaeo-climate modelling & comparison with proxy data

Professor Paul Valdes, University of Bristol, UK

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Past changes in the hydrological cycle: observations, explanations and uncertainties

Professor Sandy Harrison, School of Geographical Sciences, Bristol, UK

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Securing the future

Mr John Ashton CBE, Grantham Institute for Climate Change, Imperial College London, Uk

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Sessoin 3

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Global warming projected water cycle changes over the Mediterranean

Professor Pinhas Alpert, Department of Geophysics and Planetary Sciences, Tel-Aviv University, Israel

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How uncertain are climate model projections of water availability across the Middle East?

Dr Debbie Hemming, Met Office Hadley Centre, UK

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Hydrological predictions for the Jordan River

Dr Andrew Wade, School of Human and Environmental Sciences, University of Reading, UK

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Progressive development of water resources in the Middle East for sustainable water supply in the era of climate change

Professor Eilon Adar, Zuckerberg Institute for Water Research, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel

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Water for nature- an effective strategy for sustainable water management in the Jordan River basin

Professor Katia Tielböerger, Department of Plant Ecology, University of Tüebingen, Germany

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Session 4

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Issues of water supply and contemporary urban society: the case of Greater Amman, Jordan

Professor Stephen Nortcliff speaking on behalf of Professor Rob Potter, School of Human and Environmental Sciences, University of Reading, UK

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Session 4 Panel Discussion

Water strategies and social responsibility: Jordan's case

Mr Iyad Dahiyat, Projects Director/Water and Wastewater, Millennium Challenge Account-Jordan, The Prime Ministry, Jordan

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Water and society: past, present & future The Royal Society, London 6-9 Carlton House Terrace London SW1Y 5AG UK
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