8th Swiss Geoscience Meeting, Fribourg 2010


SYMPOSIA SESSION

Saturday November 20th
Pérolles 2, Fribourg

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  1. Structural Geology, Tectonics and Geodynamics. (O.S.)
  2. Open Session in Mineralogy-Petrology-Geochemistry
  3. Himalayan Geology: A tribute to Augusto Gansser on his 100th anniversary
  4. Paleontology and Paleobiodiversity
  5. Lithostratigraphic units for the swiss geological maps: state of the art
  6. Natural Hazards and Risks in Alpine Geology
  7. Geomorphology (Open Session)
  8. Quaternary Research (Open Session)
  9. Trusting on soils in a changing world? (O.S.)
  10. Open Cryosphere Session
  11. Meteorology and Climatology (O.S.)
  12. Phenology and Seasonality (O.S.)
  13. Earth System Science related Earth Observation (O.S)
  14. Geoscience and Geoinformation - From data acquisition to modelling and visualisation
  15. Decision oriented modelling of the geosphere
  16. Hydrological and Limnological Perspectives in Times of Global Changes
  17. Groundwater and Climate change
  18. Troubling water: modes of socialization of a natural resource (O.S.)
  19. The global / local in our research
  20. Geotopes and Geoparks
  21. Mars: water, climate & geology

 

 


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1. Structural Geology, Tectonics and Geodynamics. (O.S.)

Conveners: Neil Mancktelow, Guido Schreurs, Paul Tackley
Supporting Organizations: Swiss Tectonics Studies Group of the Swiss Geological Society

Description:

Presentations are invited considering structural geology, tectonics, and geodynamics, including field, experimental and model studies of structures at all scales. The session should also provide a forum for more interdisciplinary contributions studying the interplay between surface processes, topography and tectonics. Young researchers are particularly encouraged to participate and present their results.


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2. Open Session in Mineralogy-Petrology-Geochemistry

Conveners: Eric Reusser
Supporting Organizations: Swiss Society of Mineralogy and Petrology (SSMP)

Description:

This session aims to provide a platform for research reports in all fields related to mineralogy, petrology, and geochemistry that are not covered by other sessions (e.g. experimental petrology, volcanology, analytical approaches etc.). Furthermore, it provides a platform to young scientists that want to report about the results of their PhD/master projects. It is planned to have an accompanying poster session.


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3. Himalayan Geology: A tribute to Augusto Gansser on his 100th anniversary

Conveners: Guido Schreurs, Neil Mancktelow, Ruedi Hänny, Jean-Pierre Burg
Supporting Organizations: Swiss Tectonics Studies Group of the Swiss Geological Society, Swiss Society of Mineralogy and Petrology

Description:

A special session of invited talks reflecting the contribution of Augusto Gansser to Himalayan Geology.

Posters are invited covering a wider range of topics (e.g. structural geology and tectonics; metamorphic and magmatic petrology; climate, surface processes and tectonics; natural hazards; glaciology) relevant to  the Alpine-Himalayan chain.


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4. Paleontology and Paleobiodiversity

Conveners: Lionel Cavin & Jean-Pierre Berger
Supporting Organizations: “Schweizerische Paläontologische Gesellschaft” (SPG/SPS) and “Kommission des Schweizerischen Paläontologischen Abhandlungen” (KSPA)

Description:

This symposium will present research works dealing with fundamental palaeontology. We expect the delegates to focus their communications on topics related to past biodiversity and to its evolution. In addition, this symposium is an open session to all palaeontologists, but also to geochemists and other scientists who want to present their works about the palaeobiosphere. Master students, Ph.D students and young researchers are particularly encouraged to participate.

For the best paper and presentation in palaeontology, the Swiss Commission of Palaeontology (KSPA) proposes an award for young researchers.

Age limit: 35
Prize: 1000 CHF
Applicants have to send their abstracts to the President by e-mail (Christian.Meyer@bs.ch) no later than October 31st 2010


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5. Lithostratigraphic units for the swiss geological maps: state of the art

Conveners: Jean-Pierre Berger
Supporting Organizations: Swiss Committee for Stratigraphy

Description:

To be completed ...


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6. Natural Hazards and Risks in Alpine Geology

Conveners: Marco Schwab, Jon Mosar, Michel Jaboyedoff, Manfred Thüring
Supporting Organizations: SeCA (canton Fribourg), ECAB (Canton Fribourg)

Description:

The Alps s.l. are strongly affected by various natural hazards including rockfall, landslides, hydrological events (floods, debris flows), avalanches and earthquakes. The understanding of these earth surface processes leading to natural hazards is mandatory for an effective risk assessment. Different techniques and methodologies are used to investigate, analyse, monitor, and understand the involved processes. Improvements in modelling tools have to be confronted and callibrated with reality. Well documented case studies play an important role in understanding the mechanisms leading to these natural hazards. In addition this session will address also the problem of risk assessment implementation in Alpine Area.

This session welcomes contributions on theoretical analysis of earth surface processes, case studies and investigation methods (remote sensed of field investigations) of natural hazards and risks including studies on seismicity.


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7. Geomorphology (Open Session)

Conveners: R. Delaloye, G.R. Bezzola, M. Bollschweiler, I. Gärtner-Roer, C. Graf, H. Kienholz, N. Kuhn, E. Reynard
Supporting Organizations: Swiss Geomorphological Society

Description:

The session is dedicated to all topics related to ongoing or recent research activity in any of the various aspect of Geomorphology. Presentations dealing with applied geomorphology or multidisciplinary projects involving geomorphology are especially welcome. We strongly encourage contributions of young researchers (master and PhD students) whose best oral and/or poster presentations will be awarded.


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8. Quaternary Research (Open Session)

Conveners:

Naki Akçar

Supporting Organizations: Swiss Society for Quaternary Research (CH-Quat)

Description:

The Quaternary Period covers the last 2.6 million years of the Earth's history during which important variations in the large-scale features of atmospheric circulation patterns occurred. These variations occurred particularly in response to the dramatic changes in the global boundary conditions which accompanied abrupt changes in climate. These changes can be found recorded in Quaternary deposits. Thus, Quaternary research focuses mainly on deciphering past variations in climate and their interaction with environmental conditions and human societies, based on the geological evidence of these dramatic changes. Within this context, this session invites contributions from the many disciplines related to this general topic. In addition to studies focusing on the reconstruction and impact of past climate change on environmental conditions, human migration and cultural development, contributions to methodological improvements in climate proxy studies or methods of age determination are also welcome.


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9. Trusting on soils in a changing world? (O.S.)

Conveners: Samuel Abiven, Pascal Boivin, Elena Havlicek, Roxane Kohler Milleret, Claire Le Bayon
Supporting Organizations: Swiss Soil Science Society

Description:

Soils are the support of all terrestrial ecosystems, and then are involved in all ecological processes. In a changing world the issue of soil protection is of particular relevance for the United Nations Conventions on Climate Change, Desertification and Biological Diversity, all of which note the importance of the need for soil protection and soil processes comprehension. This session addresses several topics:

  • Soils as a major store of carbon and other greenhouse gases (climate change factor, …)
  • Soils as a major biodiversity pool (assessment, biological indicators, …)
  • Soils as protection against natural hazards (flooding, erosion, …)
  • Development and application of tools for agricultural and forestry practices (soil conservation).


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10. Open Cryosphere Session

Conveners: A. Bauder, M. Hoelzle, B. Krummenacher, J. Nötzli, C. Lambiel, M. Lüthi, J. Schweizer, M. Schwikowski
Supporting Organizations: Swiss Snow, Ice and Permafrost Society

Description:

This session addresses all topics, which are related to the Alpine and Polar Cryosphere. We expect contributions covering the whole range of Alpine and Polar snow, ice and permafrost research. We encourage theoretical, experimental as well as practical contributions, especially from young researchers. Presentations that address the aspects of dynamics and thermodynamics of snow, ice and permafrost and impacts related to natural hazards are particularly welcomed.


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11. Meteorology and Climatology (O.S.)

Conveners:

Rolf Philipona, Markus Furger

Supporting Organizations: Swiss Meteorological Society

Description:

Presentations are invited covering the whole range of actual research in meteorology and climatology in the regional and global scale, including phenomenological and experimental aspects in different fields, surface and satellite measurements, remote sensing as well as model studies. Young researchers are particularly invited to present their research and results. Contributions are welcome in English, German or French.


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12. Phenology and Seasonality (O.S.)

Conveners: This Rutishauser, Martine Rebetez, Thomas Herren
Supporting Organizations: MeteoSwiss, University of Bern, Oeschger Centre for Climate Change Research

Description:

Observations of seasonality changes in many physical and biological natural systems are being affected by regional climate change, particularly increases in temperature. There has been much additional research in recent years that lends new insights into spatial and temporal patterns of interrelationships between climate change and organisms, with attendant impacts on carbon dynamics, species interactions, biogeochemistry, etc. This new research has focused on novel investigations of data, and the development and application of new methods and techniques for investigation of phenology.

For this symposium, we invite contributions with cross-disciplinary perspectives that present seasonality changes based on recent plant and animal phenological observations, historical documentary sources, or seasonality measurements using climate data, remote sensing, flux measurements or modelling studies. We seek contributions across spatial and temporal scales that compare and integrate seasonality changes across methods and that advance our understanding of seasonality response to long-term climate change and single extreme events.

We invite contributions from students and senior scientist likewise to foster a lively discussion. Presentations in German, French and English are welcome.


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13. Earth System Science related Earth Observation (O.S)

Conveners: Michael E. Schaepman, Brigitte Buchmann, Manos Baltsavias
Supporting Organizations:

Swiss Commission for Remote Sensing, Swiss Geodetic Commission

Description:

We aim at organizing a symposium on state-of-the-art Earth Observation methods used for measuring the spheres of the Earth. Recent advances in characterising speheres and their interaction within the system Earth using remote sensing will be discussed and presented. Emphasis will be on coupled land-atmosphere systems, chemical and physical constituents mapping on land, atmosphere (incl. GHG), and ocean, monitoring Essential Climate Variables (ECVs), supporting missions and programmes such as GEO/GEOSS, GCOS, GMES, EC Env and Space, amongst others.


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14. Geoscience and Geoinformation - From data acquisition to modelling and visualisation

Conveners: Nils Oesterling, Adrian Wiget, Massimiliano Cannata
Supporting Organizations: Swiss Geological Survey; Swiss Geodetic Commission; Swiss Geotechnical Commission; Swiss Geophysical Commission; Swiss Hydrogeological Society

Description:

Digital data acquisition and 3D visualisation of geospatial objects and processes are gaining increasingly importance in geosciences. For instance geodetic data capture in combination with digital geological mapping constitutes an important basis for various tasks in engineering geology, natural hazard prevention and other geoscientific fields. Moreover, 3D modelling and visualisation of such data gives a better understanding of the respective problem setting.
In this symposium papers related to the value adding chain from data acquisition, geo-processing, GIS handling to 3D modelling and visualisation will be presented. The focus will be on the following topics:

  • Development and application of digital tools for geodetic, geological, geotechnical and geophysical data capture
  • Transformation from field data to digital datasets and time series
  • Digital geological mapping and geoscientific information systems
  • 3D modelling, analysis of temporal variations and visualisation of geospatial objects and processes

Methodological papers as well as thematic case studies will be discussed. Since the topic of this year’s SGM Plenary session is related to “extreme climates in space and time”, climatologically and paleo-climatologically oriented contributions are especially welcome.

New: On Friday morning 19th October, before the official start of the SGM2010, a hands-on Workshop on «ToolMap – A tool for digital geological mapping» is proposed to interested participants. More infos here


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15. Decision oriented modelling of the geosphere

Conveners: M. Stauffacher, O. Smrekar, C. Ritz, H.-R. Egli
Supporting Organizations: Swiss Academic Society for Environmental Research and Ecology (SAGUF), Swiss Geography Association, Proclim

Description:

Integrative and complex models supporting decision makers have become ubiquitous in many different fields. Yet the collaboration between researchers and decision-makers in the development and later the communication of the achieved results and derived action plans brings about several challenges worth to be investigated in more detail. We kindly invite experts to present conceptual approaches and concrete case studies in geosciences based computer modelling of policy relevant issues. To broaden the discussion, we further invite social scientists studying related problems from the perspectives of risk perception and communication, transdisciplinary discourses between research and practice, participatory modelling and science and technology studies.


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16. Hydrological and Limnological Perspectives in Times of Global Changes

Conveners: Petra Schmocker-Fackel, Beat Oertli, Bruno Schädler
Supporting Organizations: Swiss Society for Hydrology and Limnology (SGHL / SSHL), Swiss Hydrological Commission (CHy)

Description:

This full day symposium shall be divided into two sessions:

  • Hydrology and water resources management
  • Limnological and ecological aspects.

The focus will be on the presentation of new results from research on past and future effects of global change in the hydrological, limnological and ecological systems and the consequences for water resources management, for the biodiversity of surface waters as well as for the landscape. Research results on the adaptation of society to these effects would be most welcome.

For each session the conveners will ask young researchers to present their new results. Additionally a poster session will provide a platform to researchers that want to report about the results of their master/PhD projects.


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17. Groundwater and Climate change

Conveners: Marc Schürch, Eduard Hoehn, Pascal Turberg
Supporting Organizations: Swiss Hydrogeological Society

Description:

The aim of this half day session is to provide an overview about recent research work in the field of the influence of climate change on groundwater resources in Switzerland and abroad. The working group of the Swiss Society of hydrogeology will present their newest results and their work plan for the future. It is also intended to provide a platform for young researchers to report about their first results in this field. An accompanying poster session is planned.


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18. Troubling water: modes of socialization of a natural resource (O.S.)

Conveners: Olivier Ejderyan & Olivier Graefe
Supporting Organizations:

Swiss Geography Association (ASG)

Description:

In this session, we propose to explore the various ways in which water is integrated through human activity into collectives and may (or may not) become a defining element of those groups under study. The purpose of this session is to compare different theoretical perspectives and empirical analysis of water issues including drinking and irrigation water, waterways and distribution networks.

We seek papers addressing (though not limited to) the following aspects:
• Issues of water resource management, including questions about commodification or water governance
• Hermeneutics of water in specific social settings (water as a symbolic element, representations of water…)
• Water as an actor within techno-natural (socio-natural, socio-environmental) assemblages.


Title:

19. The global / local in our research

Conveners: Marina Richter & Patricia Felber
Supporting Organizations: Swiss Geography Association (ASG), International Geographical Union (IGU)

Description:

The aim of our symposium is to show that there is a global / local nexus in every research that focuses on human and nature interdependency in today’s global world. In Human geography globalization has been a concept much has been written about. Some might be tired of the term. We do not want to add a new definition of globalization to the supercharged body of literature, but rather display the most important thematic fields in the light of globalization such as migration, urbanization, exploitation of natural resources, and much more. We aim to work with a critical globalization perspective.

Therefore we encourage researcher to confront their research with questions such as: Where is the global / local nexus in my research? What is global / local about my research project? What is global / local about the way I do research? What is the profit of a global / local understanding of the world? And where do the challenges hide?

We encourage junior and senior scientists likewise to present their research with the focus on global and local aspects.


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20. Geotopes and Geoparks

Conveners: Jean-Pierre Berger, Emmanuel Reynard, Pierre-Yves Jeannin, Markus Felber
Supporting Organizations: Swiss Working Group on Geotopes (Platform Geosciences, SCNAT)

Description:

This half-day symposium deals with the following issues:

  • The inventory of Swiss geotopes: state of the art
  • Development of geoparks in Switzerland
  • Current researches on geoheritage assessment and management

One part of the session will be dedicated to the presentation of the Swiss inventory of geotopes. Researchers working on geoheritage issues and on geoheritage management in the cantons or in geoparks are encouraged to submit abstracts for a poster or an oral presentation.


Title:

21. Mars: water, climate & geology

Conveners: Pierre Brisson & François Zwahlen
Supporting Organizations: Chyn and Mars Society Switzerland

Description:

Mars qualifies perfectly as an example of extreme climate. We now know enough about this neighbor planet, to speak of it as a geologic object. Mars primordial history was shaped by water as well as lava. It stayed liquid long enough in pools, lakes or even maybe oceans, to alter lava rocks into all kind of hydrated rocks, phyllosilicates, sulfates and even carbonates, that we do find on Earth. With the thinning of its atmosphere, water could not stay liquid on the surface but it was saved as visible ice on the poles, as veils of stratospheric clouds of ice particles and as ice within the immediate sub-soil, even at medium latitudes.
Since there have been no plate tectonics and very little erosion during the last 3.5 billion years, Mars, as our rocky sister planet, is an open book for the Earth early history.

We will describe the impacts of water and lack of water along the various periods of the red planet history, compare them with various similar impacts on Earth and hint at its possible consequences for the emerging of life.

To illustrate how the exploration of Mars is nowadays rendered possible, we will present the feasibility of manned flights to Mars and also present the Atomic Force Microscope, “FAMARS”, conceived in Neuchâtel and embarked on board the PHOENIX spaceship, as an example of the equipment available for the study of the geology of the planet.