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The INQUA Commission on Terrestrial Processes, Deposits, and History (TERPRO) promotes and supports research on Quaternary topics related to terrestrial environments and history, especially in areas that investigate new frontiers in science and incorporate multiple and cross-disciplinary research efforts, multi-national research, and involve developing countries. TERPRO encourages the development of projects that link continental environments together and to oceans and climate, and which place them into a chronological framework and incorporate the ecological and human environment. During the INQUA intercongress period (2007-2011), TERPRO is especially interested in supporting research in several "Focus Areas". These areas and their leaders are:
- Hydrological change and climate (Gerardo Benito, Spain)
- Aeolian history of deserts and arid regions (Nick Lancaster, USA)
- Glaciation and its control on hydrology (Neil Glasser and Jasper Knight, UK)
- Rapid changes during the last glacial-interglacial transition (Lev Tarasov, Canada)
- Hazards and humans (Suzanne Leroy, UK)
- Paleosiesmology and active tectonics (Alessandro Michetti, Italy).
Below is more information about these Focus Areas with links to who can be contacted for further information.
Focus Area Groups
TERPRO includes six focus area groups, which form the main vehicle for achieving the objectives of the commission:
- Hydrological change and climate. (Gerardo Benito). This focus area builds on the extensive research conducted by GLOCOPH (Global Continental Palaeohydrology Project) from 1991 to 2007 by focusing initially on the effects of past climate and environmental changes on the hydrological cycle and on river catchment dynamics.
- Aeolian history of deserts and arid regions. (Nick Lancaster). This group will focus on bringing together the vast amount of data recently developed on dune chronology in desert regions, largely through the development of a Digital atlas of Quaternary dune fields and sand seas.
- Glaciation and its control on hydrology. (Jasper Knight, Neil Glasser).
- Rapid changes during the last glacial-interglacial transition. (Lev Tarasov). This group will establish a well-constrained history of meltwater and iceberg discharge for the Northern Hemisphere during the last deglaciation with well-defined error bars.
- Hazards and humans. (Suzanne Leroy).
- Paleoseismology and active tectonics. (Alessandro Michetti).
Image Credits: Mountain image by Duane Moser; Desert image by Sara Jenkins