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Standartisation and Applied Investigation of Quaternary Sediments in Croatia (SAPIQ)




About the project:

The SAPIQ project began on the 1st of September, 2014 and is funded for three years by Croatian Science Foundation. The principal investigator of the project is Dr. Sc. Lidija Galović.

Quaternary sediments in Croatia cover about 40% of the surface and have hence an important role in the economy of the country. Achieved models and tools for investigation enable wider application of results in economy. Furthermore, Quaternary deposits are direct results of ancient climate conditions and hence understanding them can help interpreting and predicting actual events.

The goal of this Installation Research Project is to establish a group of researchers in the Croatian Geological Survey (CGS), Department of Geology, to additionally equip and train them, so they could standardise and carry out their research of Quaternary sediments of Croatia applying new analytical techniques and new scientific findings. Those new compositional data will enable correlating our results with the EU, especially for the central and southern parts Europe.

In this project we will investigate Quaternary sediments from both the Pannonian and the Dinaric regions. During the first year we plan to become familiar with the new equipment and methodology, and explore different types of Quaternary sediments in Croatia. In the second and third years of the project plan is to a detailed classification of the Quaternary sediments of selected areas within each region (Pannonian and Dinaric).

The strategic importance of Quaternary sediments for Croatia is based partly on the agricultural utilization of the Holocene soils developed on these deposits and partly as a collector of drinking water, which reflects to the whole biosphere. Furthermore, the hydrogeological properties of individual horizons of Quaternary sediments are different, so, insight in the structures of sediment layers could lead to finding new water resources.


We are organizing Intensive Training Course on Soil Micromorphology in Zagreb, Croatia from 17 -28 August, 2015. The lecturers are experienced professors and researchers from the University of Lleida, University of Ghent and Croatian Geological Survey.

Since there is need for interdisciplinary investigation of soil scientists, archeologists, environmental scientists, geographers and geologists, it is necessary to educate scientists in the application of such affordable method. So we decided to organize a two-week intensive training course in soil micromorphology in the Croatian Geological Survey, Zagreb. These courses are organized for years all around the world. We invited lecturers who are the world's top authorities in this field: Prof. Georges Stoops, Prof. Rosa Maria Poch and Prof. Vera Marcelino, and our scientists will hold lectures, too. The course will be all-day, interactive, and participants could discuss their own thin sections, too. There will be a maximum of 2 participants per microscope, as well as facilities to work with the microscopes during extra time and to discuss the participants own thin sections with lecturers and colleagues. The participants who attend a minimum hours of lectures will be handled a certificate.

For your application and questions, contacts are:
tel: +385-1-61 60 779

1st Circular of the Micromorphology Workshop



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