Historical Climatology. Past and Future

Historical Climatology. Past and Future

Deutsches Historisches Institut Paris; University of Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines; in Kooperation mit dem Kulturwissenschaftlichen Institut Essen
Vom - Bis
05.09.2011 - 06.09.2011
Dunja Houelleu

Historical climatology came to life about fifty years ago. Currently, this research field is being studied by a few historians as well as geographers and it is subdivided into three parts:

1) Into the reconstruction of past climates on the basis of direct and indirect information from written sources (in particular, reconstructions of temperature and precipitation series from proxy information). In this aspect, historical climatology is a subfield of paleoclimatology;
2) into historical climate impact research;
3) into the history of science and cultural history of climate.

All three areas will be subject of the conference and will be discussed, both, in the context of the general development of the field of climatology, as well as in the context of anthropogenic climate change. The first section of the conference will be dedicated to presenting the state of the art while later sections will portray future perspectives of historical climatology. In sum, the conference is a strategy meeting, which aims at providing a handbook-like overview over the research field, as well as augmenting the organization and networking of the scholars involved.



Monday, 5 September 2011

9:00 Welcome Addresses
Grudrun Gersmann (Director of the GHIP), Franz Mauelshagen, Grégory Quenet, and Christian Pfister (Conference Organizers)

9:30 SESSION 1 – The State of the Art of Historical Climatology

Short Presentations (15 min. per presentation)

9:30 Climate Reconstruction in Historical Climatology (Rudolf Brázdil et al.)

9:45 Historical Climate Impact Research: Methologies, Examples, and Future Chal-lenges (Christian Pfister et al.)

10:00 Cultural Representations and History of Knowledge about Climate (Franz Mauelshagen et al.)

10:15 Discussion

11:00 Coffee Break

11:30 First Keynote Lecture

Facing the Current Challenge of Climate Change: What Historians can Contribute (Martin Parry)

12:30 Lunch at the GHIP

14:00 SESSION 2: New Research

14:00 Assessing the Medieval Climate Anomaly in the Middle East: The Potential of Arabic Documentary Sources (Steffen Vogt et al.)

14:30 Climate, Disease and Society in the 14th Century (Bruce Campbell)

15:00 Cold, Rain and Famine: Three Crises in the Burgundian Low Countries During the Fifteenth Century (Chantal Camenisch)

15:30 The Animal Crisis: The Commencement of the Little Ice Age, Fodder Scarcity and the Great Cattle Pestilence in Northern Europe in the Early Fourteenth Century (Philip Slavin)

16:00 Coffee Break

16:30 Spatio-Temporal Change of Climate Induced Regional Vulnerability and Resil-ience in Central Europe since AD 1000 (Rüdiger Glaser et al.)

17:00 City Fires as Natural Hazards? Climate Anomalies and Fire Impact Severity (Eleonora Rohland et al.)

17:30 The « Year Without a Summer » 1816 and the Social Vulnerability of Switzer-land (Daniel Krämer)

18:00 Coffee Break

18:30 Public Lecture

L’historien face à l’histoire du clima (Emmanuel Le Roy Ladurie)

Tuesday, 6 September 2011

9:00 SESSSION 3 – Fresh Ideas in Historical Climatology

9:00 Historical Perspectives and Developments on the Reconstruction, Reanalysis and Societal Impacts of Tropical Cyclones: A Review (Cary Mock)

9:30 Transational Flood Risk History of the Upper-Rhine Valley (Brice Martin et al.)

10:00 Tanks, Dishpans, and Reality: On Experimenting the Atmospheric Circulation (Isabell Schrickel)

10:30 Coffee Break

11:00 SESSION 4 – Historical Climatology and the Historical Discipline

11:00 Historical Climatology and Environmental History (Ranjan Chakrabarti, John R. McNeill)

11:30 Climate History and Historical Epochs (Christian Rohr et al.)

12:00 Historical Climatology of the Anthropocene: The Need for a Climate History of the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries (Franz Mauelshagen, Steven Engler)

12:30 Lunch at the GHIP

14:00 Second Keynote Lecture

The Meaning of the Anthropocene to Human History (Dipesh Chakrabarty)

15:00 SESSION 5 – Global Warming and the Future of Climatology

15:00 The Future of Climate Research in the Natural Sciences (Ricarda Winkelmann)

15:30 The Future of Climate Research in the Social Sciences (Claus Leggewie, Bernd Sommer, François Gemenne)

16:00 Discussion

16:30 Coffee Break

17:00 Final Roundtable Discussion: The Future of Historical Climatology


Dunja Houelleu

Deutsches Historisches Institut Paris
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75003 Paris


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