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ICTA-UAB to host an Interdisciplinary Workshop on Drought and Adaptation in the Mediterranean during the Little Ice Age (1300 – 1850 AD)

Date: 2019-10-24 / 2019-10-25


 

WATERMARKS - Interdisciplinary Workshop on Drought and Adaptation in the Mediterranean during the Little Ice Age (1300 – 1850 AD) 

 

ICTA-UAB, Institute of Environmental Science and Technology, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. 

Thursday 24 – Friday 25 October 2019

 

 

Understanding how societies of the past struggled to adapt to climate variability is critically needed to advance research about climate change adaptation today (Adamson et al. 2018). During the historical period known as the Little Ice Age not only average temperatures decreased but extreme weather events became more frequent (White 2014; White 2011; Oliva et al. 2018). This period constitutes an excellent opportunity for the joint work of researchers from the human and natural sciences interested in adaptation. In the Mediterranean, periods of drought marked how communities experienced the Little Ice Age. Recent research has shown how local communities combined different strategies to cope with drought, including infrastructural, institutional and symbolic responses which changed throughout time (Grau-Satorras et al. 2016; Grau-Satorras et al. 2018).


At the crossroads between historical climatology and environmental history, the aim of this workshop is to further our understanding of the complex human impacts of climate variability in the Mediterranean during the Little Ice Age, with special attention to adaptation to the study of drought. Building on the studies of drought reconstruction in Spain following rogation ceremonies (Barriendos 1997; Domínguez-Castro et al. 2012) and attending to the current state of the art on the study of past droughts with documentary data (Brázdil et al. 2018), the ambition of this workshop is to foster interdisciplinary communication. 

 

The workshop will include three keynotes: Andrea Kiss (Vienna University of Technology), Mariano Barriendos (University of Barcelona) and Mar Grau Satorras (Universitat Oberta de Catalunya). John McNeill (Georgetown University) will act as discussant.

 

References

Adamson, G.C.D., Hannaford, M.J. & Rohland, E.J., 2018. Re-thinking the present: The role of a historical focus in climate change adaptation research. Global Environmental Change, 48(August 2017), pp.195–205. 

 

Barriendos, M., 1997. Climatic variations in the Iberian Peninsula during the late Maunder minimum (AD 1675-1715): An analysis of data from rogation ceremonies. Holocene, 7(1), pp.105–111.

 

Brázdil, R. et al., 2018. Documentary data and the study of the past droughts: an overview of the state of the art worldwide. Climate of the Past Discussions, (2002), pp.1–67. 

 

Domínguez-Castro, F. et al., 2012. Assessing extreme droughts in Spain during 1750-1850 from rogation ceremonies. Climate of the Past, 8(2), pp.705–722.

 

Grau-Satorras, M. et al., 2016. Long-term community responses to droughts in the early modern period: the case study of Terrassa, Spain. Ecology and Society, 21(2). Available at: http://www.ecologyandsociety.org/vol21/iss2/art33/.

 

Grau-Satorras, M. et al., 2018. Prudent peasantries: Multilevel adaptation to drought in early modern Spain (1600-1715). Environment and History. Available at: http://www.whpress.co.uk/EH/papers/1375-Grau-Satorras.pdf.

 

Izdebski, A. et al., 2016. Realising consilience : How better communication between archaeologists , historians and natural scientists can transform the study of past climate change in the Mediterranean. Quaternary Science Reviews, 136, pp.5–22. 

 

Oliva, M. et al., 2018. The Little Ice Age in Iberian mountains. Earth-Science Reviews, 177(October 2017), pp.175–208. 

 

White, S., 2011. The Climate of Rebellion in the Early Modern Ottoman Empire, Cambridge University Press.

 

White, S., 2014. The Real Little Ice Age. Journal of Interdisciplinary History, XLIV(3), pp.327–352.

 

 

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