Climate Change

Topics: Andhra Pradesh, Earth, Visakhapatnam Pages: 13 (1361 words) Published: January 17, 2013


23-24 June, 2013

scientists, policy makers and NGO’s to exchange their concerns

The Earth’s surface has warmed since the Industrial Revolution. The global climatic data shows that average surface temperatures increased over the past century by about 0.4 ºC to 0.8 ºC. Recent studies show that the average surface temperature of the earth is likely to increase by 1.1°C to 6.4 °C by the end of the 21 century, with best estimate of 1.8 - 4.0 °C. The human activities such as land use/land cover changes, deforestation, draining of wet lands tend to alter the albedo of the earth surface which in turn influence the variations in the microclimatic elements such as rainfall, temperature, humidities, etc. Further, the process of urbanization creates concrete jungles which trap heat by multiple reflections, and the process of industrialization increases concentration of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. In addition, burning of fuel by vehicular traffic and domestic activities trap the heat at lower



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Department of Geography
Andhra University

levels and raises the temperature near the ground. The
consequential effects of warming such as sea level rise, glacier melting, depletion of snow in the high latitudes and altitudes, altered wind patterns, extreme weather events, early spring
arrivals, escalation effect in plant and animal species have already been observed world-wide. The Intergovernmental Panel on
Climate Change (IPCC) and Experts from various scientific fields declared that if the greenhouse gases (GHGs) which are released into the atmosphere by human activities are not abated from the

Prof.B.Hema Malini
Convener, ICCC
Department of Geography
Andhra University
Visakhapatnam – 530 003
Telephone: +91-891-2844581 (O)
+91-891-2790603 (R)
09440316459 (Mobile)

present levels, the Earth’s climate will warm further – to the levels,



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never experienced by human civilization. If, and as, the climate

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moves further from its present state, it will reconfigure the patterns

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the risk of abrupt changes will increase. Hence, it is the

Prof. B.Hema Malini
Department of Geography,
Andhra University
Visakhapatnam – 530 003, INDIA

and suggestions to tackle the climate change.

Conference Venue
Visakhapatnam (Vizag) is a tranquil city and a major tourist attraction in Andhra Pradesh, along the east coast of India with its idyllic beaches, red mounds, lush green hills, pleasant coastal driveways, hilltop parks, multi-cuisine restaurants on the beach front, the Buddhist monuments on the coastal headlands and many more scenic locales. The weather in June is comfortable.

Andhra University (1926), a prominent seat of higher education in Andhra Pradesh is located in Visakhapatnam. The venue of the present conference, the Department of Geography in Andhra
University, was initiated in 1972 in AU College of Science and Technology, offering M.Sc, M.Phil and Ph.D. courses. The
Department is known for its strength in Physical Geography.

Call for Papers
The organizing committee of the conference invites research
papers for presentation on any of the following themes. Abstracts of the papers within 300 words in Times New Roman (Font size 12) in MS WORD Format not exceeding one A4 size page should
reach the Convener before 28th February 2013. Full length papers including not more than three figures (Black & white only) should be sent before April 30th 2013.

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