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Fwd: Cave and karst news and announcements from NCKRI

Автор: Bulat Mavlyudov
Дата: 30 Nov 2020

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Дата: Понедельник, 30 ноября 2020, 8:00 +03:00
Тема: Cave and karst news and announcements from NCKRI

Dear Friends,


I hope this message finds you well. Below are several important and interesting announcements:


International Year of Caves and Karst: Opening Ceremony!


Student and Job, and Grant News and Opportunities

  • Call for Proposals: Fort Stanton Cave, New Mexico, USA


New Books and Publications

  • Now Available: Best Practice Guidelines on Geoconservation in Protected and Conserved Areas
  • Special Issue of the Journal Sustainability on Karst and Sustainability
  • New Paper on Portuguese Cave: Buraca Gloriosa


Various News

  • Virtual Field Trip to Laurel Caverns, USA
  • EuroSpeleo Newsletter, November 2020, Now Available


Conferences and Meetings

  • ALCADI 2020 Postponed
  • List of Upcoming Cave and Karst Meetings


Please contact the people and organizations listed below for more information, and feel free to share this message with anyone who may be interested.






International Year of Caves and Karst: Opening Ceremony!


The International Union of Speleology (UIS) has the high honor of being invited to hold the opening ceremony of the International Year of Caves and Karst (IYCK) at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris. Caves have never had such a high international stage to teach the world about their importance! Unfortunately, because of the continuing COVID pandemic, the opening will now be a UIS virtual event on the same day, 26 January 2021. The UIS and UNESCO are looking for a date later in 2021 for a celebration of the IYCK at UNESCO Headquarters.


At this time, the details about the virtual opening are being finalized, Visit the IYCK website (www.iyck2021.org) for updates and to see how you can help by being part of this global education campaign. Everyone is welcome and encouraged. No program or activity is too small. We are trying to reach the world and need your help. Please visit the Download page for the Planning Guide and other materials you are free to use, and contact me if you have any questions ().


George Veni

President, International Union of Speleology

Executive Director, National Cave and Karst Research Institute




Call for Proposals: Fort Stanton Cave, New Mexico, USA


Caving Community,


It's that time of the year when the BLM Roswell Field Office is asking for proposals to be submitted for project work in Ft Stanton Cave for the 2021 caving season. 2020 was a successful year despite the Covid-19 pandemic and we accomplished some great projects and learned more about FSC. Thanks to all who participated!  


Please help by distributing this email, and or the link contained within it, to any caver, grotto, professional, academic, regional, cave related listservs, or groups. Forward to any individual, group or organization that might like to submit a proposal during the open submission period to do cave related projects in the BLM Roswell Field Office. 


Please go to the following BLM website and follow the directions found there.



If you have questions, please email me.






Knutt Peterson

ORP Cave and Karst Specialist

BLM Roswell Field Office

2909 W 2nd ST

Roswell, NM 88201 USA




Now Available: Best Practice Guidelines on Geoconservation in Protected and Conserved Areas


The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has just published Best Practice Guidelines on Geoconservation in Protected and Conserved Areas. Although this is number 31 in a series of guidelines that provide an authoritative resource for the world's protected area managers it is the first to address the protection and conservation of geodiversity and geoheritage which is now seen as a fundamental part of nature following broadening of the IUCN definition of a protected area to embrace all of nature. The document includes chapters on general principles of conservation, establishing geoconservation in protected and conserved areas, geoheritage management, dealing with threats to geoheritage and on education and communication for geoconservation. Globally many protected areas contain caves and karst and section 7.1 of the guidelines is devoted to "Karst and cave protected and conserved areas".


The document is intended principally for use by protected area managers, staff and advisors but anyone with an interest in the conservation of cave and karst should also find it useful. The document is available as a free download from https://doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.CH.2020.PAG.31.en. Please feel free to pass the link on but please do not circulate the pdf. The reason is that IUCN are counting the downloads as an indicator of the interest generated by the Guidelines but there is no way of knowing how often a pdf has been circulated.




Special Issue of the Journal Sustainability on Karst and Sustainability


The journal Sustainability is seeking submissions for a special issue on karst and sustainability that will be edited by Bob Brinkmann and Leslie North. The journal is seeking submissions on a range of topics including but not limited to sustainability and karst landscapes, coastal karst systems, karst aquifers, preservation and protection of karst features, cave management, cave ecosystems, and living on karst.


Authors should submit papers here https://www.mdpi.com/journal/sustainability/special_issues/karst_environmental_sustainability


For more information contact the editors here:   or   Note that the deadline for submitting articles will be extended into the spring.




New Paper on Portuguese Cave: Buraca Gloriosa


Hello everyone


Recently we were asked to gather rainwater and keep record of the amount of rain fall through the placement of a weather station in our facility which also records temperature, humidity and wind speed The results were gathered by a team of international scholars led by Iowa State University researcher Diana Thatcher and recently published in Chemical Geology.

They sent me the link below to the article and I would like to share it with you.


Keep safe everyone, hope to see you all soon


All the best,


Jorge Nuno

Grutas de Mira Daire


We are pleased to let you know that the final version of your article Linking the karst record to atmospheric, precipitation, and vegetation dynamics in Portugal is now available online, containing full bibliographic details.


To help you access and share this work, we have created a Share Link – a personalized URL providing 50 days' free access to your article. Anyone clicking on this link before January 13, 2021 will be taken directly to the final version of your article on ScienceDirect, which they are welcome to read or download. No sign up, registration or fees are required.


Your personalized Share Link:


We encourage you to use this Share Link to download a copy of the article for your own archive. The URL is also a quick and easy way to share your work with colleagues, co-authors and friends. And you are welcome to add the Share Link to your homepage or social media profiles, such as Facebook and Twitter. You can find out more about Share Links on Elsevier.com.




Virtual Field Trip to Laurel Caverns, USA


The Field Conference of Pennsylvania Geologists occurred virtually this year. The conference included a virtual field trip to Laurel Caverns, led by Katie Schmid. More information about the conference and to access the virtual field trip, visit: https://www.fcopg.org/virtual-conference.   




EuroSpeleo Newsletter, November 2020, Now Available


It is with great pleasure that the European Speleological Federation (FSE) publishes its fourth and last EuroSpeleo Newsletter in year 2020. This Newsletter will be exclusively available in electronic form and it will be distributed through the FSE mailing lists, website and Facebook page. It will be edited by the FSE Bureau and will inform member countries and individual speleologists about important events nationally and internationally as well as new developments and the initiatives of the FSE and its member countries. This Newsletter will be released on an occasional basis.


Please spread this newsletter on the broadest way possible among caving clubs and individual speleologists and all those interested.


You can download the English version of the November 2020 Newsletter here:  



With cordial regards,

The FSE Bureau, November 2020




ALCADI 2020 Postponed


ALCADI (ALps, CArpathians and DInarides) 2020: International Symposium on History of Speleology and Karstology that was planned for December 2020 has been postponed to sometime in May 2021. It is still planned for Gorizia, Italy. For more information, contact: .




List of Upcoming Cave and Karst Meetings


If you are interested in any of the following events, contact the organizers directly to learn if they are still planned as announced below.


1)              Visual KARSYS Online Course, 2-3 December 2020, https://www.visualkarsys.com/ 

2)              International Course and Field Seminar: Characterization and Engineering of Karst Aquifers, postponed to 2021 (Žabljak-Durmitor Mt., Virpazar-Skadar Lake in Montenegro, and in Trebinje in Bosnia & Herzegovina), http://www.karst.edu.rs

3)              7th International Course Characterization and Engineering of Karst Aquifers (CEKA), postponed to 2021 (Montenegro: Žabljak-Durmitor Mt., Virpazar-Skadar Lake, and Bosnia and Herzegovina: Trebinje), http://www.karst.edu.rs

4)              14th International Symposium on Pseudokarst, 22-25 April 2021 (Świętokrzyskie [Holy Cross] Mountains, Poland), https://14pseudokarst.wonders4you.com/

5)              US Geological Survey Karst Interest Group Meeting, May 2021 (Nashville, Tennessee, USA), https://www.usgs.gov/mission-areas/water-resources/science/karst-interest-group-kig-2020-workshop?qt-science_center_objects=0#qt-science_center_objects

6)              ALCADI 2020: International Symposium on History of Speleology and Karstology (ALps, CArpathians and DInarides), May 2021 (Gorizia, Italy), contact:

7)              Australian Cave and Karst Management Association Conference, 3-7 May 2021 (Wellington Caves, New South Wales, Australia), for more information:

8)              European Cave Rescue Association Meeting, postponed to late spring or November 2021 (Cantabria, Spain), https://caverescue.eu/ecra-meeting-2020-cantabria-spain/ 

9)              36th Brazilian Congress of Speleology, 3-6 June 2021 (Brasilia, Brazil), http://36cbe.org.br/

10)           2nd Columbian Congress of Speleology, 8-13 June 2021 (Hagia Sophia, Boyacá, Columbia), https://espeleocol.wordpress.com/iicce2021/

11)           Karst Waters Institute Frontiers in Karst: Sulfuric Acid Weathering, postponed to mid-summer 2021 (San Vittore, Italy), https://karstwaters.org/conferences/sulfuric-acid-weathering/ 

12)           28th International Karstological School “Classical Karst”: Regional Karstology - Local and General Aspects, 14-18 June 2021 (Postojna, Slovenia), https://iks.zrc-sazu.si/en/

13)           EuroKarst 2021: The European Congress on Karst Hydrogeology and Carbonate Reservoirs, 22-24 June 2021 (Málaga, Spain), http://www.eurokarst.org/

14)           1st Karst Science Forum, 24-27 June 2021 (Bucharest, Romania), https://www.eris100.ro

15)           18th International Congress of Speleology, 25 July – 1 August 2021 (Savoie Technolac, Le Bourget du Lac, Savoie, France), http://uis2021.speleos.fr/ 

16)           Central Asian Speleological Forum, postponed to August 2021 (Tashkent, Uzbekistan), https://speleo.kg/en/news/first-circular-speleo-ca-forum-2020/

17)           34th International Geographical Congress karst sessions: Global Karst Critical Zone and Land Use Planning in Karst, 16-20 August 2021 (Istanbul, Turkey), https://www.igc2020.org/en/KARST%20COMMISSION.html  

18)           International Association of Hydrogeologists 47th Congress, 22-27 August 2021 (São Paulo, Brazil), https://iah2021brazil.org/en/

19)           19th International Symposium on Vulcanospeleology, 28 August - 4 September 2021 (Catania, Italy), http://www.19isvetna.com/ 

20)           International Association of Hydrogeologists 48th Congress, 6-10 September 2021 (Brussels, Belgium), https://iah2021belgium.org/

21)           Fort Stanton Cave Science Conference, September 2021 (Socorro, New Mexico, USA), https://geoinfo.nmt.edu/FtStanton/home.cfm

22)           26th International Cave Bear Symposium, 30 September - 3 October 2021 (Reiss-Engelhorn-Museen, Mannheim, Germany),

23)           6th EuroSpeleo Protection Symposium, 26-30 October 2021 (Isle of Vilm, Germany), contact

24)           Speleo Kamaraton, 29 October – 1 November 2021 (Marina di Camerota, Salerno, Italy), http://www.speleokamaraton.eu/

25)           23rd  National Cave and Karst Management Symposium, 1-5 November 2021 (San Marcos, Texas, USA), https://symposium2021.nckms.org/  

26)           Karst Record IX (KR9) Conference, postponed to 2022 (Innsbruck, Austria), https://www.uibk.ac.at/congress/kr9/ 



George  Veni, PhD

Executive Director, National Cave and Karst Research Institute (NCKRI)


President, International Union of Speleology (UIS)


NCKRI address (primary)

400-1 Cascades Avenue 

Carlsbad, New Mexico 88220 USA

Office: +575-887-5517

Mobile: +210-863-5919

Fax: +575-887-5523



UIS address

Titov trg 2

Postojna, 6230 Slovenia





Bulat Mavlyudov

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