We aim to establish an interdisciplinary research group and develop a project proposal focused on utilizing caves and cave-based palaeoenvironmental records to investigate landscape and environmental changes of the Swiss Alps during the late Quaternary. The Saegistal region in Switzerland provides a unique opportunity to reconstruct glaciation dynamics and geomorphological evolution using a range of techniques, including the use of caves for dating glacier advances and studying topographic and geomorphological development, speleothem-based clumped isotopes for palaeothermometry, trace elements for assessing water availability, and cryogenic carbonates as permafrost time markers. Preliminary studies conducted in the region demonstrate the high potential for environmental reconstructions through cave documentation and speleothem analysis.
Presentation of research groups should include skills and available facilities (15 min + 5 min discussion). A second presentation
contains an illustrative example of own research related to the topic (15 min + 5 min discussion).
Each group should also prepare a "state of the art" of their potential contribution to the project.
Wednesday, November 8th
Opening, short introduction round
Norbert Marwan: Introduction Saegistal and research objectives
Presentation of groups
Sebastian Breitenbach (NU): NICEST laboratory at Northumbria University
Birgit Schröder, Sylvia Pinkerneil, Rik Tjallingii (GFZ): Laboratories for stable isotopes and for element scanning at Section 4.3 GFZ
Hanno Meyer (AWI): NISOLAB Stable Isotope Facility at AWI Potsdam
Presentation of groups
Franziska Lechleitner (UB): Radiocarbon analysis and Critical Zone research in Bern
Bodo Bookhagen (UP): Remote Sensing and Earth Surface Processes at Uni Potsdam
Peter van der Beek (UP): Late Cenozoic climate change, erosion, and mountain relief: The ERC COOLER project at UP
Norbert Marwan (PIK): Advanced time series analysis techniques at PIK
Norbert Marwan and Sebastian Breitenbach: Overview on previous (academic) research and preliminary work from our group in this region
Illustrative examples of related studies from our groups
Sylvia Pinkerneil, Birgit Schröder, Jens Mingram (GFZ): GCO Central Asia – Continental Paleoclimate Archives & Monitoring