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May Cave & Karst News

Автор: Bulat Mavlyudov
Дата: 17 May 2024


May 2024 Cave and Karst News

Upcoming deadlines:



Read on for more information about the winter Scientist in Parks program, a news release from the Lincoln National Forest, a call for papers from the International Journal of Speleology and what NCKRI has been up to.


As a reminder, if you would like add any upcoming events, deadlines to the NCKRI News or calendar, email us at or reply to this email.


Characterization and Engineering of Karst Aquifers

Trebinje, Bosnia and Herzegovina

May 26-June 1, 2024

Cave Week

June 2-8, 2024


Rome, Italy

June 10-14, 2024

International Karst School: Data Acquisition and Analysis in Karst

Postojna, Slovenia

June 17-21, 2024

Congreso Colombiano de Espeleología

Medellin, Colombia

June 22-29, 2024

Characterization and Engineering of Karst Aquifers

Trebinje, Bosnia and Herzegovina

May 26-June 1, 2024

For more upcoming events check out our online calendar


Registration Deadline:

June 16, 2024


Weekly Stipends:





Job Opportunity:

Summer Scientist in Parks Position



Winter Scientist in Parks applications are open! All opportunities close on June 16, 2024. This year there are multiple positions that are related to caves and karst in National Parks. Check your eligibility before applying. Start dates vary from October 2024 to March 2025.

Cave and Karst Related Positions


September 30, 2024


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Submission Format:



Type of Submission:

Cave Monitoring


Guest Editors:

Nenad Buzjak, University of Zagreb, Zagreb, Croatia


Aurel Persoiu, Emil Racovita Institute of Speleology, Cluj-Napoca, Romania


Christos Pennos, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki, Greece

International Journal of Speleology Call for Papers: Cave Monitoring


The International Journal of Speleology, the official journal of the Union Internationale de Spéléologie, is excited to announce a call for papers for a Special Issue on Cave monitoring: the good, the bad, and the nice.


Understanding the dynamics of cave environments requires intensive and extensive measurements and monitoring of the physical, chemical, geomorphological, and hydrological parameters, encompassing all features of the caves (geology, hydrology, morphology, air, water, biota, and human impact). Technological advances have shifted observations from sporadic to continuous monitoring, albeit methods vary significantly in frequency, precision, accuracy and duration. Historically, measurements were taken on a “need to know” basis, often focusing on specific parameters like air temperature, while overlooking potentially crucial factors such as CO2 levels or water, soil or rock temperature. Additionally, the lack of affordable and suitable equipment for harsh cave conditions, standardized tools and methodologies has made it challenging to compare datasets across different studies. Despite these limitations, we have managed to gain a fairly good, albeit conceptual, understanding of the various cave processes. The recent surge in affordable, complex monitoring devices has led to a plethora of monitoring strategies and an overwhelming amount of data that both help refine our concepts but also complicate them unnecessarily.



To address these challenges, we propose a special issue focused on comprehensive cave monitoring strategies. We invite contributions from the caving community in two ways: 1) review papers that provide guidelines and “manuals” for future monitoring studies, and 2) case studies that detail both the successes and failures of past monitoring efforts. We particularly encourage the publication of challenges and negative results, spectacular failures, and examples of suboptimal outcomes – these can often be more instructive than straightforward successes. By establishing a standardized approach to cave monitoring, we aim to unlock a deeper understanding of “our” subterranean worlds.


USFS News Release White Nose Syndrome Suspected on Lincoln National Forest



New Mexico Tech hosts the 6th Rocky Mountain Geobiology Symposium

Graduate students from the Jones Lab present their research along with Scientist in Parks interns and NMT BIOL 3043 students.

NCKRI at the New Mexico Geological Society Annual Spring Meeting

NCKRI was well represented at the NMGS Spring Meeting with presentations that ranged from the creation of geophysical visualizations to nutrient cycling of microbes.

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The National Cave and Karst Institute is a research center of New Mexico Tech. NCKRI was created in partnership with the National Park Service, State of New Mexico, and the City of Carlsbad to be a nexus of research, stewardship, information and outreach for caves and karst while fostering interdisciplinary collaborations. Our mission is to promote and facilitate cave and karst research, education and sustainability.

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