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2002 World Congress on Natural Resource Modelling - Call for papers

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Originally From: Matsinos Giannis <>

The 2002 World Congress on Natural Resource Modelling titled "Modelling Natural and Biotic Resources in a Changing Planet" will be held in Lesvos, Greece 23-26 June 2002 and has an open call for papers (until May 15). Interested scientists (including graduate students) are kindly invited to contribute to the scientific program by submitting an abstract. Please visit the web page for directions on how to contribute and all registration information.

Our keynote speakers are:

* Prof. Wolfgang Cramer, Department of Global Change and Natural Systems, Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, Germany "Assessing global change impacts on ecosystem services: interfacing 'hard science' and stakeholders" June 24 10:00 am plenary

* Prof. Michel Loreau, Laboratoire d' Ecologie, Ecole Normale Superieure, France "Modelling Biodiversity and Ecosystem Functioning; current trends and future challenges" June 25 10:00 am plenary

* Prof. Marten Schaffer, Department of Environmental Sciences, Aquatic Ecology and Water Quality Management Group, Wageningen University, Netherlands "Non-linear response of ecosystems to global change" June 26 10:00 am plenary

Please allow me to inform you about the aims and the audience of the upcoming Congress.

The Resource Modeling Association (RMA) was founded in the early 1980s by a group of applied mathematicians, applied population biologists, fisheries scientists, and resource economists, primarily from the West coast of North America to organize annual meetings in order to discuss the application of models to resource management. Since then, the Association has extended its meeting activities to be international in scope. The RMA has published the international journal Natural Resource Modeling since 1986. The RMA also has a standing committee on resource policy issues, whose responsibility it is to maintain a membership expertise data base. This data base is available to organizations trying to identify scientists whom they can consult on resource management and policy issues. A newsletter is published three times annually with information concerning member activities.

The annual world congresses have taken place in a different continent as follows:

Logan, Utah, USA  [2001] 
Wageningen, the Netherlands  [2000] 
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada  [1999] 
Ensenada, Mexico  [1998] 
Hobart, Tasmania, Australia  [1997] 
Seattle, Washington, USA  [1997] 
Lake Superior, Minnesota, USA  [1996] 
Pietermaritzburg, South Africa  [1995] 
Juneau, Alaska, USA  [1995]

Each year the conference has a main theme of high importance among natural resource modellers. Past themes include:

* Spatial and temporal dynamic models for the management of natural resources (Logan, Utah, USA [2001) with keynote speakers:

Jon Conrad, Department of Applied Economics and Management, Cornell University, "Right Whales in the western North Atlantic: Population Dynamics and the Mortality from Ship Strikes and Entanglement in Fishing Gear"

Roger Sedjo, Director of Forest Economics and Policy Program at Resources for the Future, "Terrestrial Systems to Mitigate Climate Change"

Richard Lammers, Water Systems Analysis Group, University of New Hampshire, "Freshwater Resources at Continental and Global Scales"

Terry Quinn, Fisheries Division, School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences, University of Alaska, "Ruminations on the Development and Future of Fisheries Population Dynamic Models"

* "The Ecology of Scale" (Wageningen, the Netherlands [2000]) with keynote speakers:

Jim Reynolds, Duke University, "How to recognize and grasp scale-related problems in ecology"

Mark Stafford Smith, CSIRO Australia "Lessons learned from applications across scales"

Andrew Skidmore, ITC, Netherlands,"Do scale-related models provide a better understanding of phenomena in the real world?"

This year we are organizing a conference under the theme "Modelling Natural and Biotic Resources in a Changing Planet" with a clear emphasis on the issue of global change both from the natural and the biotic aspect. Even the selection of the congress venue (Museum of Natural History of the Sigri Petrified Forest) is a standing witness of the planetary change through geological times.

Scientific committee:

Rob Alexander, Dept of Applied & International Economics, Massey University, New Zealand

Tony Charles, Finance and Management Science, Saint Mary's University, Canada

John Hearne, Department of Mathematics, University of Natal, South Africa

Ken Lyon, Department of Economics, Utah State University, USA

Yiannis Matsinos, Dept of Environmental Studies, University of the Aegean, Greece

Max Rietkerk, Dept of Environmental Sciences, Utrecht University, Netherlands

Tony Smith, CSIRO Marine Research , Australia

Andreas Troumbis, Dept of Environmental Studies, University of the Aegean, Greece

More details regarding the call for papers, schedule etc. can be found at the web site

I would like to provide any additional information; please do not hesitate to contact me,

Yiannis G. Matsinos
Assistant Professor
Biodiversity Conservation Laboratory
Department of Environmental Studies
University of the Aegean 
Mytilene 81100
tel. +30 251 0 36228
fax +30 251 0 36298

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