INQUA 2019

Monday, March 25, 2019 to Sunday, March 31, 2019
Convention Centre Dublin

Quaternary’s three Rs, Retrieval, Reuse and Reflection: Optimising pre-existing data to reimagine the past

Quaternary scientists have been prolific over the last century, generating vast datasets from across the globe. Such datasets, when collated, provide the ‘Big Data’ that is desperately required to not only further our understanding of the earth system, but to inform social sciences and help define / underpin public policy. Over the past 50 years, many databases have been developed with the sole purpose of collating and making accessible a vast array of different Quaternary data, spawning a new sub-discipline known as palaeoinformatics. While existent datasets do have inherent complexities, such as variable methodologies, they provide the opportunity to test and even debunk existent hypotheses or identify previously unforeseen underlying trends. Utilising such data is fundamental for the underpinning of scientific methodology and provides the opportunity to rapidly, and cost-effectively, contribute to pressing social and public policy questions, along with strengthening the movement for open access science dissemination. This session focuses upon end-users utilising both existent databases and /or their own data retrieval endeavours, showcasing studies where new advances / perspectives have been gained solely through collating and re-evaluating pre-existing data. A key component of this session will be the collective experience of such an endeavour, showcasing the techniques employed to overcome limitations inherent in existent datasets such as archive accessibility, data reprocessing and metadata integrity.

We hope that this session will prove of interest across the wide range of disciplines used in Quaternary science and therefore attract scientists from often disparate fields to showcase and collectively discuss their experiences of handling and analysing such datasets, techniques employed, and identify future endeavours that might help expedite this process. The full list of session abstracts for INQUA 2019 is now available online along with registration:

Conference, AEA sponsored event