Convenor: David Heslop (Australia) 
Co-Convenors: Juan Cruz Larrasoaña (Spain), Ana Sinito (Argentina), Qingsong Liu (China) 

Sediments, soils, and dust preserve signals that provide a spectrum of information linked to processes involving the continents, oceans, biosphere and cryosphere. Iron-bearing minerals stored within these natural archives are sensitive to a wide spectrum of processes and thus carry important environmental information. Magnetic techniques are sensitive, rapid and usually non-destructive, allowing their application to large-scale problems. Such magnetic methods become particular powerful when combined with complementary environmental reconstruction techniques from other fields. Contributions from studies that utilize sediments, soils or dust are invited, including investigations of the processes controlling magnetic signal formation and empirical models that provide quantitative reconstructions.