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Noon seminar - The skin and the bones: High mountain soil patterns

Monday, October 15, 2012, 12:00PM - 1:00PM

Noon seminar - The skin and the bones: High mountain soil patterns


Arnaud Temme

Wageningen University


ARC room 620

This talk focuses on the skin and the bones - soil patterns in mountain landscapes with a lot of rock. Borrowing text from John Muir, insights from colleagues and results from my graduate students, I illustrate early soil development in two areas that have recently been deglaciated: the Morteratsch valley in Switzerland and 4th of July Valley in the Front Range. I show that we can decently predict soil patterns in these areas, both in space and time. I sketch how these results can help us in the future toward faster mapping of high mountain soils over larger areas. This is one important input for studies of the future hydrological and ecological functionality of high mountain regions that are strongly affected by small changes in climate.


Free and open to the public