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The project focuses on alpine glaciers and their role in the continental hydrologic cycle, as climate indicators and their interaction with the solid earth. In addition to many years of intensive research work on the Vernagtferner, the "house glacier" in the Ötztal Alps, investigations are being carried out in various glacier regions, e.g. Iceland, Norway, the Pamir, and the Karakorum. Along with…


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Schadstoffdynamik in Einzugsgebieten

Long-term studies on the heavy metal pollution of river sediments in selected areas make it possible to quantify the temporal and spatial changes and to identify the laws of transport, sedimentation and discharge of contaminants. Current studies on event-dependent transportion of particulate material serve to investigate the self-purification potential of rivers strongly influenced by human…


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The role of culture in early expansions of humans

Human evolution is a story of expansions. During the last two million years the genus Homo spread from Africa into Asia and Europe in several waves of migration. New species developed and old groups became extinct (range expansions). As early as three million years ago, hominins had established new ways of dealing with their specific environment through culture. Stone tools produced with the help…


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