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VIth INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON CRYOPEDOLOGY

The 6th International Conference on Cryopedology “Frost-affected soils Dynamic soils in the dynamic world” was held in Krakow (Poland), 24-29 August 2013.

The aim of the conference is to encompass the whole range of research associated with soils affected by frost, either at present or in the past. Presentations and posters will be grouped in thematic sessions connected with the following topics:

Genesis and classification of frost-affected soils

Paleocryogenic imprints in contemporary soils

Functioning of Cryosols in contemporary ecosystems

The effect of climate change on Cryosols

Carbon dynamics in Cryosols

Soil management in polar regions

Soil databases and mapping of Cryosols

The conference site: www.geo.uj.edu.pl/cryosols2013

The conference field excursion took two days, staring with an evening arrival to Zakopane - a resort situated at the feet of the Tatra Mountains - the highest part of the Carpathians (2655 m a.s.l.) and one of the most beautiful mountain ranges in Europe with alpine environment. The first day comprised a trip to the Tatra National Park, and an evening bonfire party. The second day took the participants back to Kraków through the flysch part of the Carpathians and the Carpathian Foothills.

Scientific topics of the field excursion:

day 1: functioning of soils above the timberline (including soil protection and remediation issues), contemporary frost processes in the alpine belt, climatogenic origin of humus and specifity of soil-forming processes in the alpine and subalpine belts, soils developed on Pleistocene moraines

day 2: imprint of Pleistocene solifluction processes in the soils of the flysch part of the Carpathians, genesis and transformation of illuvial horizons of the soils formed from loess