9th International Conference on Military Geosciences:
Desert Warfare Past Lessons and Modern Challenges
Military activities past, present, and future will always be strongly linked with a wide spectrum of geosciences. The decisive outcomes of numerous battles on land throughout history have been dictated in large part by the terrain and environmental conditions. Modern military operations rely on a range of land-, air-, and space-borne intelligence supplemented with knowledge of often variable terrain processes and conditions. The modern study of environmental sciences is critical for both evaluation of how terrain and land surface conditions may impact military equipment and operations as well as sustainable management of military reservations and installations. Further, potential increases in geopolitical instability, driven in part by decreasing natural resources and environmental impacts related to global climate change, will a factor in determining the future and fate of global military conflicts.
The 9th International Conference on Military Geosciences (ICMG) will provide a venue for military personnel, academics, and practitioners from government service and commercial enterprises to explore a wide range of military geosciences. We invite papers for this five day conference to take place in Las Vegas, Nevada (USA) from June 20 to June 24, 2011. The event will be hosted by the Desert Research Institute (Nevada System of Higher Education) in cooperation with the US Army Research Office.
The overarching theme of the 2011 meeting is the role of deserts in past and modern warfare, including issues with management of military lands in desert regions, and how desert environmental conditions can impact military equipment and personnel. We especially seek papers related to military operations in deserts, however, other themes and topics related to military geosciences are welcome. Possible topics and areas of interest include:
Historical military geography and military cartography
Geography and Geology of battle field terrain
Environmental issues of military activities (e.g. UXO detection, battlefield preservation)
Sustainable management of military lands and installations (soil, water, and archeological resources)
Situational awareness in the battlespace
Terrain analysis (field-based, remote sensing, digital mapping)
Impact of global climate change on geopolitical instability
Warfare and geology
Las Vegas is a vibrant, dynamic metropolis located at the intersection of the Sonoran, Mojave, and Great Basin Deserts within the Basin and Range physiographic province of North America. The military history of these desert regions spans the early conquest by Spanish Conquistadors, the westward expansion of the United States during the 19th century, through the modern establishment of some the largest and most sophisticated military training and testing installations in the world. Regional geology ranges from continental scale tectonics including major Paleozoic and Mesozoic contractional deformation, extensive Cenozoic faulting, volcanism, and uplift of basement rock related to plate boundary tectonics and development of the San Andreas Fault system, to a wide range of Quaternary geomorphic desert landforms ranging from alluvial fans, dune fields, to dry lake beds.
The conference program will be divided between in-room sessions of oral and poster presentations and various excursions around the surrounding desert. A day-long field trip to the Nevada Test Site with a focus on testing of nuclear weapons is planned for midconference. An optional post-conference field trip also is planned from June 24 to June 28 and will travel through the desert from Las Vegas to San Diego, California, exploring past military history and modern aspects of desert war fare. A book containing selected papers presented will be published after the conference.
Previous conferences were held at the Vienna, Austria (2009), Quebec City, Canada (2007), Nottingham, UK (2005), West Point, New York (2003), and at Greenwich, UK (2000), Toronto, Canada (1998), London, UK (1996), and Seattle, Washington (1994).
Dr. Eric McDonald (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Dr. Tom Bullard (email@example.com)
Division of Earth and Ecosystems
Desert Research Institute, Reno NV, 89512
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