Terrestrial Processes, Deposits & History (TERPRO)

TERPRO encourages the development of research projects that link investigation on Quaternary continental environments and tectonics together with the mitigation of social impacts from natural hazards, such as desertification, extreme climatic events, and active tectonics. 

This commission promotes improved communication and provides a valuable vehicle for international scientific collaborations, covering the wider spectrum of Quaternary disciplines and coordinates a large number of International Focus Groups (IFG's) and projects under the umbrella of these IFGs and having a broad interdisciplinary perspective. TERPRO actively promotes the use of new field observations in critical regions/fields that show major gap in the knowledge of Quaternary Terrestrial processes

TERPRO identified several major research issues and trends during the last XIX INQUA Congress (Nagoya).The main objective of TERPRO at the beginning of the present inter-congress period (2015/2019) was the identification of major geographical (South America, Middle East and Central Asia, the Alps, and the Mediterranean Region) or methodological/process areas (Soils and Paleosols, Tectonics and Paleoseismicity, Global Large Aquifers and Paleogroundwater, Floods and their Quaternary Record, Dust and Deserts, Lakes and Paleolimnological Records, Glaciated Mountain Belts and Periglacial Environments) or “gaps”, where new network and integrated Quaternary Terrestrial research can provide major scientific advances, including better understanding of natural hazards and related social responses.

The Commission supported the participation of a very relevant number of young scientists from all over the world.   One of the goals of the commission is to bring active specialists together to scientific events organized within IFGs. Enhancing also the participation of members from under-represented groups and countries, to allow researchers with different backgrounds to meet, to interact and exchange data and interpretations and also discuss common approaches, with the aim of achieving integrated results, especially in the analysis of natural hazards.

It is expected to continue growing in this scientific network characterized by a broad spectrum of research underway, increasing the international outlook, and the cross-disciplinary perspective, also involving members from other INQUA Commissions.