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Fieldwork 2017 CRC 1211 – The workshop aftermath

Mostly all groups within the CRC 1211 used their stay after the kick-off workshop for their field work. More than 12 groups with in total more than 60 scientists sampled, measured and discussed in the field their research, met other groups in the field for in-situ discussion and sampling for cluster comprehensive collaboration and interactions within the CRC and with local scientist and experts.

Groups checked for example, recent consequence and modifications of the last rain event in 2016 on soils and soil crust, as furthermore their impact of endohereic basin and their sedimentation. A group of Z02/Z03 around Prof. Olaf Bubenzer, Dr. Dirk Hoffmeister and Dr. Simon Matthias May installed and started first measurements of our new weather stations within our focus areas. Moreover, first successful attempts of a self-invented irrigation experiment were conducted with a surprisingly outcome. A group around Prof. Tibor Dunai sampled ancient surfaces and started in-situ analysis and sampling of IDP’s (Interplanetary Dust Particles- Micro Meteorites) on old surfaces. A team around Dr. Steven Binnie and Prof. Klaus Reicherter sampled and measured with seismic devices the interaction between tectonic activity and surface drainage. Groups of cluster B, sampled and mapped sparse and isolated Loma vegetation throughout the Atacama Desert, along with other plant populations. Analysed soil properties and changes along all three focus areas.

After three to six weeks of intense field work, all scientist came back safe and started their experiments and analyses of their recent gathered samples to explore the hidden secrets of the hyperarid Atacama Desert.


D33 7534 T Boehnert 2017 03 300pxDetermination of Andean weed types.
Photo: Tim Böhnert
  DSC06492 A Stol 2017 03 300pxSampling of plants along the Coastal Desert, north of Taltal.
Photo: Alexandra Stoll
DSC07796 A Stoll 2017 03 300pxSampling and documentation of a Tillandsia landbeckii Phil population.
Photo: Alexandra Stoll
  Hoffmeister 02 2017 03 300pxFirst installed weather station of the CRC.
Photo: Dirk Hoffmeister


Prof. Dr. Tibor J. Dunai
Institute of Geology and Mineralogy | University of Cologne
Zülpicher Str. 49b | 50674 Cologne
+49 (0)221 470-3229 | tdunai@uni-koeln.de
  Managing Director:
Christian Tiede
Institute of Geology and Mineralogy | University of Cologne

Zülpicher Str. 49b | 50674 Cologne
+49 (0)221 470-89833 | christian.tiede@uni-koeln.de


Prof. Dr. Martin Melles
Institute of Geology and Mineralogy | University of Cologne

Zülpicher Str. 49a | 50674 Cologne
+49 (0)221 470-2262 | mmelles@uni-koeln.de
Tim Schlüter
Institute of Geography | University of Cologne

Otto-Fischer-Str. 4 | 50674 Cologne
+49 (0)221 470-3735 | webmaster@sfb1211.de


Prof. Dr. Dietmar Quandt
Nees Institute for Biodiversity of Plants | University of Bonn

Meckenheimer Allee 170 | 53115 Bonn
+49 (0)228 73-3315 | quandt@uni-bonn.de
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