05.03 - 07.03.2018  
Kanpur, India
Contact person:
Rajiv Sinha, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

PAGES' Global Soil and Sediment Transfers in the Anthropocene (GloSS) working group will hold a database meeting from 5-7 March 2018 in Kanpur, India. This is the third and final meeting of the group.


Indian Institute of Technology
Kanpur, India


This meeting will be open, with 35-40 expected participants.


This workshop is the third meeting of the GloSS working group. In the last meeting at Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium, and with inputs from participants afterwards, the group has finalized the database format and a wiki has also been set up. Participants from all countries are already entering the data in the desired format and most of the technical issues related to data input and formatting have been resolved in the last few months. The Kanpur meeting will be a good opportunity to present synthesis of the data from a few regions so that the final outputs as per the objectives of the GLOSS project can be delivered.

Tentative schedule

- Presentation, discussion and, if necessary, minor modifications of the newly developed GloSS database structure
- Progress reports of the regional task force leaders regarding database and synthesis of data on erosion
- Interactive discussions to work towards the regional syntheses or regional/global products. This discussion will focus on two types of products – the case-study based on the main assets discussion of studying GLOSS; and the aim to present the database and highlight strengths and weaknesses (for example under-studied regions)
- Focused discussions on designing innovative analytical methods to understand the causal factors of soil erosion and land degradation in different parts of the world including the human-landscape interactions
- Field excursion to the Ganga river near Kanpur.

Wiki database

As a result of the second workshop, a wiki database has been developed and established that compiles information on soil and sediment transfers in the Holocene. This database is hosted by CSDMS, and accessible through:

After a development and test phase, the database is now being populated by the regional taskforce leaders.

Financial support

PAGES has provided funding for this workshop. Details of how to apply for financial support will be made available as soon as possible.

Registration and deadlines

This information will be announced as soon as possible.

Further information

In the meantime, contact meeting organizer Rajiv Sinha at the Department of Earth Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.