Research Detail

Palaeoclimate & caves

Speleothems, such as stalagmites and flowstones, form under extremely constant physico-chemical conditions over thousands of years, thereby recording changes in meteoric precipitation and air temperature outside the cave. The growth texture of the calcite, the age model, and the geochemical composition are the principal proxies used to identify and quantify variations in environmental parameters.

Our traditional research focus have been caves in the greater Alpine region (map below; click to enlarge). In recent years we have expanded into several other regions of Europe and elsewhere, commonly in collaboration with international scientists.



Current projects

Palaeoclimate of Crimea

In 2022 we launched a project aiming at providing high-resolution speleothem-based palaeoclimate records from the Black Sea region

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Holocene climate change in Alaska

This project uses speleothems to establish high-resolution proxy records for southeast Alaska

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Northeast Greenland Speleothem Project

Development of mid to late Quaternary climate records for Northeast Greenland: a speleothem-based approach

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Palaeoclimate of Iran

In 2019 we started research in caves of Iran, a country rich in karst features.

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Devils Hole, Nevada

More than two decades after the pioneering work by Ike Winograd and coworkers our group has re-started palaeoclimate research at this famous site in the desert.

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Cryogenic cave carbonates in the Alps

These unusual speleothems are more widespread in alpine caves than previously thought and hold great promises for unravelling the long-term history of mountain permafrost.

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Subglacial speleothems

This project aims at unravelling the potential of subglacially formed speleothems, which provide unique records of the long glacial periods.

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