Impacts of Extreme Weather on Natural, Socio-economic and Land-use Systems: Focus on the 2010 summer anomaly in the Volga region

17-22 June 2012
Volga State University of Technology, Yoshkar-Ola, Mari El, Russian Federation

The anomalous weather in the summer of 2010 in European Russia led to a number of significant environmental and human impacts. While their full extent and long-term consequences have not been fully explored, the immediate and short-term impacts on natural and socio-economic systems within and outside Russia have been significant, particularly the impact on agricultural production and wildland fire. With the projected changed in global climate, frequency of extreme weather conditions and the accompanying wildfire occurrence in Northern Eurasia is projected to increase. The anomalous summer of 2010 presents a unique and important case study for developing a better understanding of potentially more frequent drought events of the future and their impact on natural and socio-economic systems within Northern Eurasia and globally, and the decision support systems that could benefit from this understanding.

The workshop provided a venue for sharing the knowledge and methods of assessing the impacts of drought conditions on natural and human systems in densely populated areas. The workshop combined national, regional and international expertise in applications of remotely-sensed data processing and analysis in support of scientific and management goals. Specifically the workshop focused on two major topics: 1) anomalous weather-driven wildfire events, and 2) impacts of anomalous weather conditions on agricultural production. The last day of the workshop was dedicated to training sessions for regional participants and young scientists interested in mapping land cover, land use and disturbances from a suite of remotely-sensed data sources.

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