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It is my great pleasure to invite you to the 9th International Conference on Dendrochronology in Melbourne, Australia, from 13-17 January, 2014. This conference continues to be the leading opportunity for scientists, managers and students who use tree-rings to present their research on a range of issues, including climate, ecology, geomorphology, archaeology, environmental sciences, conservation and policy to an international audience while seeing what advances and new ideas have been generated since the last World Dendro Conference in Finland four years ago.
Dendrochronology has been at the forefront of modern research that illuminates past and present patterns and processes in Earth systems and ecosystem sciences and informs a host of management and policy decisions at local, regional, and global scales. With Earth's climate system undergoing rapid changes and ecosystems worldwide being subjected to an unprecedented range of stressors, dendrochronology is more important than ever. The 9th International Conference on Dendrochronology will bring together leading scientists from a variety of disciplines to present cutting-edge research, address current debates, and assess future directions for tree-ring science.
The International Conferences on Dendrochronology are held in different venues around the world every four years. Although this is the 9th International Conference on Dendrochronology, it is only the second in both the Southern Hemisphere and the Asia-Pacific region. We encourage you to take advantage of this opportunity to visit a unique and remarkable corner of the world. A dendrochronology field week held before the conference will introduce and improve the skills of those just starting in dendrochronology, while numerous trips outside of Melbourne will be available during and after the conference to experience the Australian continent in all its grandeur. The host city, Melbourne, is one of Australia's most vibrant cities and offers a rich cultural heritage and proximity to great natural beauty with adventure, fun and entertainment for all ages. We look forward to seeing you in Melbourne the 13-17th of January, 2014 at the 9th International Conference on Dendrochronology.