New Perspectives on Past Climate Change and Societal Disruption

May 29, 2014

Urbino, Italy was the site of a 5-day conference devoted to climate change in the Holocene organized by the University of Urbino, California Institute of Technology and the Yale Climate and Energy Institute, and the Middle American Research Institute of Tulane University.

The conference concluded a two-year project funded by the Italian Ministry of Environment on “New Perspectives on Past Climate Change and Societal Disruption” and convened over 20 leaders in paleoclimatology, archaeology, and history for an interdisciplinary discussion of new research on climate impacts on ancient societies.

The conference focused on research from Mesoamerica and the Mediterranean, supplemented by general presentations on Holocene climate variability and its potential impact on ancient societies. 

The city of Urbino is a UNESCO heritage site of great significance for the Italian Renaissance.

Presenters included:

−         Peter Douglas (California Institute of Technology)

−         Marcello Canuto (Tulane University)

−         Peter de Menocal (Columbia University)

−         David Kaniewski (Université Paul Sabatier-Toulouse)

−         Neil Roberts (University of Plymouth)

−         Martin Medina-Elizalde (Amherst College)

−         Ben Cook (NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies [New York])

−         Christophe Morhange (CEREGE/ Universite d’Aix-Marseille)

−         Arthur Demarest (Vanderbilt University)

−         Nicholas Dunning (University of Cincinnati)

−         Francisco Estrada-Belli (Tulane University/Boston University)

−         Joseph Tainter (Utah State University)

−         David Wahl (USGS- Menlo Park)

−         Harvey Weiss (Yale University)

−         Ray Bradley (University of Massachussetts)

−         Michael McCormick (Harvard University)

−         Chris Fisher (Colorado State University)

-          Timothy Beach (Georgetown University)

-          Sheryl Luzzadder-Beach (University of Texas- Austin)

-          Pallechi Pasquino (University of Florence)