The INQUA Commission on Terrestrial Processes, Deposits, and History (TERPRO) promotes and supports research on Quaternary topics related to terrestrial environments and history, especially in areas that investigate new frontiers in science and incorporate multiple and cross-disciplinary research efforts, multi-national research, and involve developing countries. TERPRO encourages the development of projects that link continental environments together and to oceans and climate, and which place them into a chronological framework and incorporate the ecological and human environment. During the INQUA intercongress period (2007-2011), TERPRO is especially interested in supporting research in several "Focus Areas". These areas and their leaders are:
These areas and their leaders are:
- Hydrological change and climate (Gerardo Benito, Spain)
- Aeolian history of deserts and arid regions (Nick Lancaster, USA)
- Glaciation and its control on hydrology (Neil Glaser and Jasper Knight, UK)
- Rapid changes during the last glacial-interglacial transition (Lev Tarasov, Canada)
- Hazards and humans (Suzanne Leroy, UK)
- Paleosiesmology and active tectonics (Alessandro Michetti, Italy).