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1st FEPUR Congress / 5th FEALC Congress / 2007

Postby zenas » Aug 11, 2006 5:30 pm

Call for papers for the 1st FEPUR Congress / 5th FEALC Congress / 2007

Description: 1st Announcement and call for research abstracts.

The Speleological Federation of Puerto Rico – FEPUR – and the Speleological Federation of Latin America and the Caribbean – FEALC – invites the speleological community and ersons interested in caves and karst to submit abstracts related to the distinct branches of the natural and social sciences and to participate in the first Congress of FEPUR and fifth Congress of FEALC which are going to be held concurrently.

The Congress will take place in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico, from July 29 to August 4, 2007 and will be co-hosted by the University of Puerto Rico and the Interamerican University of Puerto Rico. The general goal of the Congress is to provide a forum to encourage the discussion of relevant topics in speleology in the context of Latin-America, the Caribbean and Puerto Rico.

The committee in charge of the scientific program will be supported by expert scientists in the relevant areas. The committee will watch over the quality of the submitted abstracts and papers. High quality standards will be established to judge the content and presentation of the submitted works.

The acceptance of abstracts and full papers will be based on a peer review process of at least two qualified referees in the relevant area of expertise. Once an abstract is accepted the full paper, formatted as a research paper, must be submitted. The memories of the selected papers will be published by the time of the Congress.

Papers can be presented on plenary sessions or as posters, depending on the author and the program committee selections. Preference will be given to studies conducted in Latin America and the Caribbean, studies from other regions may be considered depending on the topic, and available space and time.

Deadline for abstract submission:

Abstracts must be submitted prior to November 30, 2006. Abstracts shall be sent to the scientific program coordinator, Mr. Abel Vale, to his e-mail enlacepr@caribe.net, and to the scientific program secretary, Dr. Ricardo J. Morales-De_Jesús, to his e-mail cifi-tec@uprrp.edu.

Abstract acceptance will be informed to the corresponding author no later than January 1, 2007. Full papers of accepted abstracts must be submitted prior to March 30, 2007 to be included in the Congresses memoirs.

Format for abstract submission:

Abstracts shall not exceed 300 words, Microsoft Word format, in Arial font of size 12. The standard abstract format is presented here.

Tentative title of manuscript
Author(s) name (s)
Author(s) Institution(s)
Corresponding author contact information
Selected Topic(s)

Topics to be considered:


1. Vulcanospeleology
2. Glacial speleology
3. Cave Rescue
4. Explorations in Alpine karst.
5. Explorations in tropical karst
6. Recent discoveries

Scientific Research - Geomorfología / Climatology

7. Cave morphology and genesis, geological and hydrological factors
8. Cave Mineralogy and speleothems
9. Karst geomorphology and hydrology
10. Karst evolution
11. Karstic sediments and paleoclimate, dating, isotopes, paleomagnetism
12. Cave Climatology
13. Recent discoveries

Scientific Research - Hidrology / Engineering

14. Limestone hydrology and the impact of large scale construction on the aquifers
15. Rock solution kinetics and speleogenesis
16. Hydraulics and mass transport in karst aquifers
17. Speleology and engineering
18. Recent discoveries

Scientific Research – Social Sciences

19. Archeology and Anthropology in caves
20. Recent discoveries

Scientific Research - Biology

21. Biospeleology: bats, invertebrates, evolution, other
22. Cave Paleontology
23. Recent discoveries

Research Tools

24. Techniques for mapping and cartography, GIS
25. Speleology – data bases and Cave inventory
26. Electronic techiques for locating caves

Management and Conservation

27. Human impacts on karst
28. Environmental studies of caves and karst, carrying capacity
29. Vulnerability and protection of karst aquifers
30. Biospeleology: protection

Education and Public Policy

31. Legislation and protection of caves and karst
32. Speleology and Education


33. Other topics


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