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Workshop: Ecology of Glacier Forelands

September 17 - 21, 2014, in Obergurgl, Austria

Over the last years people working on glacier forelands and on pro- or periglacial environments have brought forward highly interesting new aspects from a variety of geographic regions. Among them are really astonishing and unexpected results which raise the question what are local specifics and what are common traits and mechanisms in such environments. This calls for common approaches and joint actions on a super-regional scale. This workshop aims to bring together people working on any organisms with their interactions and their abiotic environment in the terrestrial and aquatic habitats of deglaciated terrain of any kind including debris covered glaciers, rock glaciers, and nunataks.

Location: University Centre in Obergurgl
Organisation: Sessions with brief talks; Workgroups to discuss specific matters such as methodology, particular organism groups, theories and models, etc.; Synthesizing the outcome into a plan for joint actions; Half-day excursion to a local glacier foreland, and optional full-day excursion in the region on the last day.
Conference fee: none