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Welcome to the QRA ADM 2021 webpage. Here you will find all the information you need for the conference. This year the ADM & AGM will be held online using Zoom. We are sorry not to be able to host you in Portsmouth itself, but we hope that the online format will still facilitate some great talks, posters and discussions. We are looking forward to seeing you all online!

Landscapes of Change: Past, Present and Future Perspectives

As climate changes, our environment and landscapes evolve in response. This presents a complex range of processes and interactions, alongside challenges to ecosystems and human society. Understanding how landscapes have evolved during the Quaternary and the driving mechanisms behind these changes is important for increasing knowledge on earth-system, ecosystem and human behaviour, and crucial for improving estimates of future environmental change. The aim of this QRA ADM is to explore the role of landscape change within a wide range of Quaternary-related sub-disciplines. Our goal is to bring together terrestrial, marine and coastal scientists, glaciologists, palaeoecologists, archaeologists, geochronologists, engineers and modellers with a range of perspectives on landscape, to explore recent developments in environmental change research and look towards future environmental and landscape-related challenges.


  • Evolving landscapes
    • This session will focus on geomorphological, sedimentological and ecological processes in landscape development and evolution. We encourage contributions from those working in (but not limited to) glacial, periglacial, fluvial, lacustrine, aeolian and ecological landscapes.
  • Changing coastal and marine environments
    • This session focuses on research relating to marine and coastal settings across a range of temporal scales. We welcome contributions from researchers investigating, for example, sea-level change, pollutants, coastal geomorphology, coastal management, and environmental change within marine cores.
  • Abrupt environmental change and extreme events
    • This session will explore evidence for, driving mechanisms of, and the environmental response to, abrupt environmental and climate change and/or extreme events. For example, we invite contributions from those working on high-resolution records and hazards. 
  • Human-landscape interactions
    • This session aims to bring together a range of aspects of human-landscape interactions, from archaeological evidence for past human-landscape interactions, to challenges for modern society in terms of hazards, geoconservation and engineering geology.
  • Towards the future
    • This session will look towards future predictions, challenges and adaptations in a changing world. We are also particularly interested in contributions on emerging technologies, methods, datasets and models.