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Past Projects

The Baumkirchen palaeo-lake

We study an exceptionally thick succession of laminated lake sediments which will provide unprecedented insights into inneralpine climate variability prior to the last ice age.

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Palaeoflood record Hallstätter See

This project led by Stefan Lauterbach will establish a 5000 yr-long calendar of flood events in the Eastern Alps based on new cores taken in Hallstätter See in summer 2016.

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Quaternary dynamics Riss Valley

Thick sediments in this major valley of the Karwendel Mountains record a history of repeated lake phases between the Last Glacial Maximum and the mid-Holocene.

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Conturines Cave, Dolomites (pilot phase)

Located at 2800 m altitude, this cave is not only known for its cave bear remains but also contains fossil dripstones which tell a story about past climates in the Dolomites.

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Holocene climate change in the Alps

The Alps are a hot spot of recent climate change and our goal is to establish a detailed framework of speleothems records for the Eastern Alps to better understand regional differences and forcing mechanisms.

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Dansgaard-Oeschger cycles

Speleothems are ideal candidates for investigate millennial-scale climate variability during glacial periods. We have shown that alpine stalagmites faithfully recorded these abrupt shifts.

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Pleistocene of the Unterangerberg terrace

This project aimed at deciphering the history of sedimentation and erosion in one of the largest longitudinal valleys of the Alps, the lower Inn Valley, prior to the Last Glacial Maximum.

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Hypogene water-rock interaction and speleogenesis

The objective of this project was to test a set of methods that allow the identification and quantification of palaeowater-rock interaction during hypogene speleogenesis.

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Loess chronostratigraphy

We apply state-of-the-art OSL techniques to improve the chronological framework of loess-paleosol-sequences (LPS) in the foreland of the Salzach palaeo-glacier, Austria.

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AUSTRO*ICE*CAVES*2100

This project aimed at exploring the palaeoenvironmental potential of ice deposits in some alpine caves and included the successful completion of the first ice core drilling in an alpine ice cave.

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