TOPO-EUROPE Summer School

………….ESF TOPO-EUROPE SedyMONT …………..Summer School on
……..Detecting Landscape Change

……………………………………….. CRP SedyMONT

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The ESF TOPO-EUROPE SedyMONT Workshop and Summer School on Detecting Landscape Change was held from August 31 to September 8, 2010 in Loen (Nordfjord), western Norway. The ESF funded and NGU co-sponsored Workshop and Summer School was organised by Achim A. Beylich (NGU, NTNU), Katja Laute (NTNU, NGU) and Fritz Schlunegger (University of Bern) and included a wide spectrum of lectures, field presentations of geo-scientific methods and techniques, field excursions to the SedyMONT key test sites Erdalen and Bødalen, and group works. The programme, extended abstracts of lectures and field presentations, as well as information on field excursions are compiled in the abstract volume, which is available at:

39 Participants (24 PhD Students and 15 Lecturers) from 15 countries with a wide spectrum of different geo-scientific backgrounds had fruitful discussions and an intensive exchange of knowledge and experiences.

Photo Gallery

Group photo Bødalen

Group photo Erdalen

Field discussions on fluvial sediment transport by A.A. Beylich
Lidar presentation by M.-H.Derron
Presentation of geophysical equipment by I. deWinter
Explanation of glacial erosion and valley infills by J. Seguinot & L. Hansen
Explanation of avalanche and rockfall activity by Th. Sæmundsson
Presentation of dendrogeomorphological methods by A. Decaulne
Discussion on the surface process monitoring in Erdalen by A.A. Beylich &
the braided sandur system in upper Erdalen by S. Liermann & K. Laute (Photos by S. Savi)

On the way to upper Bødalen
Participants in front of the Bødals glacier

………….ESF TOPO-EUROPE SedyMONT …………..Summer School on
……..Detecting Landscape Change

……………………………………….. CRP SedyMONT

5 ECTS for PhD students

Topography is one of the most important observables of solid Earth, and it changes continuously at various rates in different locations. In particular, it has been recognized that climate plays an important role in modulating fluvial and hillslopes erosion rates and imprints the mountain landscape. However, the response of topography to changes in the climate is complex and depends on many factors such as the magnitude and rate of the change and its effects on sediment production, local storage, and dynamic transport, all of which are strongly scale dependent. Understanding the magnitudes and timescales of change, reconciling geomorphic process rates with present day short-term rates of change, are fundamental to understanding the topographic evolution of mountain landscapes. The combination of datasets in these fields will allow a more accurate determination of which components in landscape forming processes have adapted to ongoing climate change, and to what extent. Although Earth Scientists have recognized the importance of surface erosion, landscape change and sediment discharge for understanding stratigraphy and feedback to tectonics, modern landscape development has not received that much attention.
The identification of the effects of climate variability and climate change on mountain landscapes relies on the detection of trends (or lack thereof) in instrumental records of hydroclimatic variables (air temperature, precipitation and streamflow) and of hydromorphologic properities of a landscape (surface erosion and sediment flux, channel network, hillslope-channel connectivity). The morphometry of a landscape integrates the influence of variables driving sediment transport over timescales of thousands of years. If consistent changes are observed in measurements of hydroclimatic variables, these should also be reflected to some extent in morphometric properties of watersheds.

The aim of the TOPO-EUROPE 2010 Workshop and Summer School is to teach PhD students about surface dynamics and controlling parameters, and to educate them in the application of high-technology tools that allow to quantify process rates, sediment transport and landscape change for short time scales. In particular, we will teach the PhD students in up-to-date technologies including lidar applications, photogrammetry, surface processes monitoring, geochemical tracing, geophysical logging and coring techniques. These are the most important techniques with which changes on Earth can be measured and quantified.

Workshop objectives:
To provide TOPO-EUROPE PhD students with:
(i) a better general understanding of sediment transfer in mountainous catchments with a major focus on regions that have not been strongly affected by permafrost conditions during the last decades,
(ii) information on past and present climate variability and scenarios of future climate change and their uncertainties, and
(iii) insight into how to predict landscape response to possible changes in hydromorphological conditions.

Provisional programme of the activities:
31 August 2010: Arrival of participants at Sande Camping, Loen, western Norway, welcome and dinner in the evening
1-2 September 2010: Lectures provided by invited experts and discussion rounds with the PhD students
3 September 2010: Field excursion to Erdalen
4 September 2010: Field excursion to Bødalen
5-7 September 2010: Presentation of PhD projects (talks) and connected methods / techniques (in field)
8 September 2010: Final discussion and departure of participants

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Speakers and topics:
Professor Dr. Marwan Hassan (Vancouver, Canada): Hydrology and sediment fluxes in mountain environments
Professor Dr. Atle Nesje (Bergen, Norway): Holocene climate change in Scandinavia with implications for hydrology and sediment transport
Dr. Francesco Brardinoni (Milano, Italy): Hillslope-channel connectivity

Dr. Alexander Reiterer (Vienna, Austria): Image-Based Measurement Systems
Dr. Marc-Henri Derron (Lousanne, Switzerland): Airborne lidar applications
Dr. Louise Hansen (Trondheim, Norway) and Jan Steinar Rønning (Trondheim, Norway): Application of geophysical methods for analysis of sediment storage systems
Dr. Lena Rubensdotter (Trondheim, Norway) and Dr. Aurélien van Welden (Trondheim, Norway): Application of methods for lake sediment analysis
Dr. Jacob Clement Yde (Bergen, Norway): Application of methods in geochemistry
Dr. Armelle Decaulne (Clermont-Ferrand, France): Dendrogeomorphology and Dendrochronology revealing recent snow-avalanche activity
Dr. Jan-Christoph Otto (Salzburg, Austria): Terrestrial laserscanning in sediment budget studies - field application and analysis tools
Assoc. Professor Dr. Achim A. Beylich (Trondheim, Norway): Application of methods in denudative surface process monitoring and analysis
Assist. Professor Alessandro Simoni (Bologna, Italy): Landslide Monitoring
Dr. Peter Molnar (Zurich, Switzerland): Detecting statistically significant changes in time series of geo- and hydromorphological variables

Registration and Costs:
The Summer School will accept up to 25 TOPO-EUROPE PhD students as well as a certain number of non TOPO-EUROPE PhD students.
The completed application form should be sent electronically to: Achim A. Beylich, Geological Survey of Norway (NGU) and Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Trondheim, Norway:

Application deadline is April 30, 2010.

All costs for accommodation, meals, and local transport during the Summer School will be covered for TOPO-EUROPE PhD students. In addition the Summer School will provide travel support of up to 200 Euro for TOPO-EUROPE PhD students.

Registration costs for non TOPO-EUROPE PhD students will be 400 Euro (inlcuding accommodation, meals and local transport to fieldsites).

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The Summer School is funded by the EUROPEAN SCIENCE FOUNDATION (ESF) and an additional sponsership is provided by the Geological Survey of Norway (NGU).

The Summer School will take place at Sande Camping, NO-6789 Loen, Nordfjord, Norway

Detailed information on the programme, payments (only for non TOPO-EUROPE PhD students) and travel connections to Loen (Nordfjord, western Norway) will be sent to all registered participants in early May.