18.10 - 20.10.2018  
Koblenz, Germany
Contact person:
Thomas Hoffman, 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 18-20 October 2018 in Koblenz, Germany.


Federal Institute of Hydrology, Koblenz.


This meeting will be open, with 35-40 expected participants. It is the third and final meeting of the group (originally scheduled for March 2018 in India).

The meeting will start at 9:00 on Thursday 18 October, and finish at 13:00 on Saturday 20 October. Arrival in Koblenz on 17 October is recommended.


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 Koblenz 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

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 some 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

Questions can be directed to meeting organizer Thomas Hoffman: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.