PEMSEA Panel 2: Southeast Asia Climate in the last Millennium
Panel 2: Southeast Asia Climate in the last Millennium
Date & Time: August 9, 4pm HST / 7pm PST / August 10, 10am Philippines Time
It has been established that there were major climatic fluctuations between 1400 and 1820 CE, particularly the Little Ice Age and the preceding Medieval Warm Period. In other parts of the world, studies on the LIA and its effect on human behavior have been robust, but mostly top-down, emphasizing the role of climate in the patterns of cultural change observed in the archaeological record. Similarly, in Southeast Asia, not only is there a very limited investigation of the relationship between climate change and shifts in cultural patterns, almost all studies favor emphasis on environmental pressures over the suite of human responses. In this panel, we hope to survey what is currently known in terms of climatic fluctuations in the region during the EMP and the last 1,000 years. The panel also discusses how we study paleoclimates and explains the idea of proxies (dendrochronology, pollen, speleothems, and others (e.g. marine sediments). Panel members will also provide an overview of what we already know as well as things that we do not know and want to know.
Carlos Primo David, National Institutes of Geological Science, University of the Philippines;
Mick Griffiths, William Paterson University, New Jersey;
Riovie Ramos, William Paterson University, New Jersey
Moderator: Kathleen Johnson, University of California-Irvine
This webinar is part of the PEMSEA webinar series, Historicizing Disaster Risk Management: The Ecology of Mt. Isarog and its Environs. More info here.
Co-sponsors: UHCSEAS, UCLA Center for Southeast Asian Studies; UCLA Cotsen Institute of Archaeology; UCLA Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies; UCLA Department of Anthropology; Center for Taiwan-Philippines Indigenous Knowledge, Local Knowledge, and Sustainable Studies (CTPILS), National Chengchi University, Taiwan