, Volume 591, Issue 1, pp 99–101 | Cite as

LIMPACS––Human and Climate Interactions with Lake Ecosystems: setting research priorities in the study of the impact of salinisation and climate change on lakes, 2005–2010

  • Peter Gell
  • Sheri Fritz
  • Rick Battarbee
  • John Tibby
Salt Lakes

LIMPACS is an International Geosphere-Biosphere Program (IGBP) PAGES (Past Global Changes), Focus 4 initiative. PAGES, founded in 1991 and funded by the US and Swiss National Science Foundations, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), supports research aimed at understanding the Earth’s past environment in order to make predictions for the future. It aims to encourage international and interdisciplinary collaborations and seek to involve scientists from developing countries in the worldwide palaeoenvironmental community. The principal PAGES foci are:

Focus 1: Climate forcing and sensitivity

Focus 1 is concerned with the history of the main climate forcing factors (insolation, greenhouse gases, solar and volcanic forcings, aerosols) and the sensitivity of the climate system to these forcings

Focus 2: Climate variability at regional and global scales

Focus 2 is concerned with how the global climate system has varied in the past and how this has varied regionally



Salinisation Climate change LIMPACS PAGES Focus 4 



The organisers appreciated the support of the workshop sponsors: IGBP PAGES, the Cooperative Research Centre for Freshwater Ecology, CSIRO, Diatoma and The University of Adelaide and the support of the Hotel Mildura. Professor Li Shijie offered to host the next the ‘climate, salinity and salinisation working group’ meeting in Nanjing for April 2007. A note on editing: In order to maintain independence in the reviewing of manuscripts, papers were edited by parties which did not include the authors.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Peter Gell
    • 1
  • Sheri Fritz
    • 2
  • Rick Battarbee
    • 3
  • John Tibby
    • 1
  1. 1.Geographical & Environmental StudiesThe University of AdelaideAdelaideAustralia
  2. 2.Department of GeosciencesUniversity of NebraskaLincolnUSA
  3. 3.Environmental Change Research CentreUniversity College LondonLondonUK

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