The Vega Symposium 2017

The Vega Symposium 2017

The Swedish Society for Anthropology and Geography has awarded Professor Tandong Yao, Director of the Institute of Tibetan Plateau Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) and Director at CAS Center for Excellence in Tibetan Plateau Earth Sciences. Professor Yao’s research has been focused on the glaciers and the environment on the Tibetan Plateau. He is internationally acknowledged as one of the most accomplished scientists in the field of cryospheric study. Professor Yao and his colleagues have found that the Third Pole is experiencing the warmest climate since the last 2000 years, that under the impact of climate warming, the interaction between the Indian monsoon and westerlies makes the glacier status different in the Third Pole, with the most rapid retreating in the southeast and the least retreating or even advancing status in the northwest.

The Vega Symposium 2017 is dedicated to professor Yaos research.

The Changing Third Pole Environment


Date: Thursday, April 20, 2017.
Time: 09:15–12:45 in the Beijer room at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, Stockholm, Sweden.

9:15 Opening of the Vega Symposium.
Professor Sten Hagberg, President of Swedish Society for Anthropology and Geography

9:25 Chair: Professor Arjen Stroeven, Stockholm University

9:30 Abnormal warming over the Third Pole and its environment consequences.
Professor Tandong Yao, Institute of Tibetan Plateau Research, CAS, China

10:15 Recent changes in the water cycle over the Third Pole: the role of climate change.
Professor Deliang Chen, Gothenburg University, Sweden

10:45 Coffee Break

11:15 Environment change in the Third Pole and its global linkage.
Professor Lonnie Thompson, The Ohio State University, USA

11:45 Moving up: Using computational models to understand the spread of agriculture to the Tibetan Plateau.
Professor Jade d’Alpoim Guedes, Washington State University, USA

12:15 Questions and summing up

12:45 Closing of Symposium

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