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Paul Rooney elected to the Steering Committee for the International Geographical Union

Paul Rooney Monday 6 July 2015

Paul Rooney, Assistant Head of Department for Geography and Environmental Science at Liverpool Hope University, is elected to the Steering Committee for the International Geographical Union’s Commission on Coastal Systems.

The International Geographical Union (IGU) is an international geographical society. The first International Geographical Congress was held in Antwerp in 1871. Subsequent meetings led to the establishment of the permanent organization in Brussels, Belgium, in 1922. The IGU adheres to the International Council for Science (ICSU) and the International Social Science Council (ISSC), which it recognizes as coordinating bodies for the international organization of science.

One of the Union’s Commissions is the Commission on Coastal Systems (CCS). The CCS encourages the study of coastal systems throughout the world. It sponsors and supports activities leading to the exchange of information regarding coastal systems among members and throughout the IGU at large. The focus of attention is on interactive systems, both human and physical, and the areas of inquiry include issues such as sea-level rise, land-use changes, estuarine resources, coastal tourism and shoreline development, coastal recreation, and coastal zone management. The Commission makes concerted efforts to emphasize issues of Global Change.

Speaking of his appointment, Paul said “I am humbled and privileged to join this international scientific group. The appointment reflects our work done through the Sand Dune and Shingle Network, based in Liverpool Hope University’s Faculty of Science. It is my intention to serve the IGU Commission effectively and to improve the links between science and management in the coastal environment”.

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