Research Activities and Expeditions

Limnogeological pilotstdy in Carinthia

Bathymetry and coring on Lago Rinihue and Calafquen, Chile (December 2017):
A bathymetric map was made for several sedimentary basins of Lago Rinihue and Lago Calafquen, Chile. Also, 32 cores were taken both in the basins and on the slopes.

Limnogeological pilotstdy in Carinthia

Limnogeological Pilotstudy in Carinthia (April 2017):
A first exploration survey (reflection seismic and short gravity coring on Ossiachersee and Millstättersee) confirms these two lakes to reveal great paleo-archives to be explored in future research projects.

FS Sonne

R/V Sonne Expedition: to study Earthquake and Tsunami offshore Japan
(Oct 1 - Nov 2 2016):  Michael Strasser and Jasper Moernaut along with PhD student Tobias Schwestermann and 3 Master students of the University of Innsbruck will participate on the upcoming research cruise of the RV Sonne along the coast of Japan.
(Click on the links for more information and weekly blog by the students)

coring on Saldursee

High Alpine Lake Coring (19-20 July 2016):
We participated in a piston coring campaign on two small mountain lakes in South-Tyrol (Lower Saldursee and Fischersee; Italy) in the framework of the EURAC project “CHANGE LAKE” led by Dr. Karin Koinig of the Institute of Ecology (UIBK). Initial data from core logging in our lab reveals strikingly different sediment characteristics depending if the inflowing rivers are glacier-fed or not.

Geopulse pinger

Equipment Test on Mondsee (Austria) in Winter Conditions (26-27 April 2016):
Despite many limnogeological investigations on Mondsee, there has been no reflection seismic data to put the sediment cores in a spatial context. We tested our brand-new Geopulse pinger system and acquired a dense survey grid, contributing to the FWF Beyond Lake Villages project (Dr. Jean-Nicolas Haas: Institute of Botany, University of Innsbruck) and the MSc thesis of Christoph Daxer.


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