The 2nd International Symposium

Peatlands in the Global Carbon Cycle

25-30 September, 2009
Prague, Czech Republic

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The Second International Symposium on Carbon in Peatlands will take place at the Brevnov Abbey, Prague, Czech Republic from Friday, September 25, to Wednesday, September 30, 2009. The symposium will focus on the role and importance of peatlands in the global carbon cycle. The 2009 symposium will focus on the response of northern peatland ecosystems' structure and function to climate change and human/natural disturbances across time scales. Linking carbon balance in peatlands to global models of climate change will be one distinct highlight of the 2009 meeting. Rate of peat decomposition and the biogeochemistry of methane will be discussed.

The 2009 meeting will be held in the splendid isolation of an early Medieval Benedictine monastery, located on the outskirts of Prague. The main lecture hall is situated in the Baroque Abbey. It features an impressive ceiling fresco from the times of the Empress Maria Theresia and can accommodate 150 to 200 conference participants. The monastery, second oldest in Bohemia, is famous for St. Margaret’s church by Christopher Dientzenhoffer, one of the most beautiful structures in the style of Dynamic Baroque of the early 18th century.

The previous Carbon Conference offered a  relaxed, informal and cordial astmosphere, which was highly conducive to both large and small group discussions. We intend to continue this tradition. To allow all conferees to participate in all scientific activities, there will be no concurrent sessions. Discussions initiated over meals, which will be served in the historical Abbey basement, can be continued in the quiet monastery orchard, especially if the weather is mild and stable, which still may be the case in late-September. Hotel Adalbert, located inside the monastery, has been fully reserved for symposium participants. Economy accommodations have been arranged in a student dormitory a short 12-minute walk from the Brevnov Abbey. In less than 15 minutes, trams can deliver you to Prague Castle, home to Bohemian kings and Emperors of the Medieval Roman Empire. It's only 20 minute by tram and underground from the greenery-filled enclave of the Brevnov Abbey to the busy center of Prague. Prague is the fourth most popular tourist destination in Europe, surpassed only by London, Rome, and Paris. The Czech Republic has been a member of the European Union since 2004.

Symposium Organizers

The Symposium is organized by PeatNet, and co-financed by the National Science Foundation (USA). Researchers of the Czech Geological Survey in Prague will contribute to the preparation of the symposium program.


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