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In 2016, the International Commission on Stratigraphy will consider a proposal from the “Anthropocene” Working Group to formalize the “Anthropocene” as a geological unit within the Geological Time Scale. This designation recognizes a new time interval in which human activities have significantly altered Earth’s conditions and processes. Regardless of whether the Commission will ultimately declare a new geologic time frame, the changes that have occurred (and are continuing) in our climate, land surfaces, vegetation, and waters have profound effects and implications on human society. Understanding human-induced alterations in the past and present is critical to our ability to anticipate, mitigate, and adapt to changes in the future.

The AAG 2016 Symposium on Physical Geography will explore recent advances relevant to our understanding of the “Anthropocene” and the challenges it poses. We seek contributions in the following areas:

  1. The Early “Anthropocene”: When Did the “Anthropocene” Really Start?
  2. Evidence of Large-scale Human Impacts and Quantifying Recent, Current and Future Anthropogenic Impacts
  3. Couplings and Societal Responses to Human-induced Environmental Change
  4. Measuring Risk and Planning Sustainability in an “Anthropocene” 21st Century

A panel discussion will also explore how geographers are integrating the “Anthropocene” into their work, and how research and teaching related to the “Anthropocene” may be facilitated and fostered.

For Further Information: Anne Chin, ANNE [dot] CHIN [at] ucdenver [dot] edu.