GHEA Caribbean  Session for the 24th IACA Congress

Caribbean Human Ecodynamics Session: Understanding Human-Climate-Environment Relationships in the Caribbean

Session for the 24th IACA Congress

Dr. Jago Cooper (University College London) contributor

This session, focused on human-climate-environment relationships in the pre-Columbian Caribbean, was held at the International Association for Caribbean Archaeology Congress in Martinique in July 2011. The Caribbean has seen dramatic changes in paleotemperature, paleoprecipitation and paleotempestology throughout the Holocene due to the vulnerability of the region to fluctuations in North Atlantic Climate systems. These impacts of climate variability, coupled with the dynamic processes of social and environmental change hold important lessons for modern day communities given that climate change is currently the most serious threat to sustainable development facing the Caribbean Islands. The key aim of this session was to understand the dynamic interaction between climate variability, environmental change and the relative resilience of past human lifeways. Therefore papers presented included a range interdisciplinary case studies of past human experience of climate variability and environment change at any and all spatial and temporal scales.  Key themes of threat, vulnerability, resilience and sustainability were explored and discussed through comparative discussion of the case studies presented from throughout the Caribbean. The presentations are all provided in pdf form.


Acknowledgements: Funding for this session was provided by the Leverhulme Trust, University of Leicester and National Science Foundation Office of Polar Programs Science, Engineering, & Education Research Coordination Network grant no 1140106.


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