Working Group Conference

Global Sand Seas: Past Present and Future

This meeting took place on the 18th October 2010, at the Royal Geographical Society in London and provided the working group with an opportunity to both explain the atlas and to explore ways in which we felt that atlas data could be used to answer fundamental scientific questions about sand seas. In addition, we brought together a range of international speakers to cover a variety of topics associated with the development of global sand seas. Along with a very full poster exhibition, this meeting generated considerable discussion around the geomorphology of global sand seas.

We were very grateful to acknowledge grant support from the British Society for Geomorphology and the Royal Geographical Society with the Institute of British Geographers. We were also pleased to recieve additional funding for this meeting from the Quaternary Research Association, Elsevier and Oxford University Press.

A copy of the conference abstracts volume can be downloaded (Global Sand Seas Abstracts PDF), and copies of some of the presentations have been made available below. Please contact members of the working group for any further information relating to the conference.

Speaker(s) Title of Presentation Download
Kevin White
University of Reading
An introduction to the Namib Digital Dune Atlas (Working Group Presentation 1)
Nicholas Lancaster
Desert Research Institute
Global sand seas – present status (Elsevier Aeolian Research Keynote Lecture)
Xiaoping Yang
Chinese Academy of Sciences
Large scale controls on the development of sand seas in northern China
Philippe Claudin
What controls the size of dunes? ‘Elementary’ and ‘giant’ dunes
Robert Bryant
University of Sheffield
Characterising the wind regime of sand seas: data sources and scaling issues (Working Group Presentation 2)
Joanna Bullard
Loughborough University
Morphometric analysis of aeolian bedforms using ASTER data (Working Group Presentation 3)
Paul Hesse
Macquarie University, Sydney,
Global sand seas – past
(Quaternary Research Association Keynote Lecture)
not available
Kathryn E Fitzsimmons
Max Planck Institute for
Evolutionary Anthropology
Investigating dune sediments as palaeoenvironmental
indicators: examples from the Strzelecki and Tirari Deserts of central Australia
Stephen Wolfe
Geological Survey of Canada
The Canadian Dune Archipelago: interpreting past environments from cold‐climate dunefields
Tim Reynolds
Birkbeck, University of London
The Saharan sand seas – the challenge for future research on human evolution
Dawn Chatty
University of Oxford
Authenticity in a desert landscape: The Harasiis people in the Jiddat‐il‐Harasiis, Sultanate of Oman not available
Lori K Fenton
Carl Sagan Center
Sand seas beyond Earth
Andreas Baas
King’s College London
Using the Namib digital atlas to model the future
(Working Group Presentation 4)
not available