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Int. Moor Excursion

XLII International Moor Excursion

Northern Poland — 1.–7. September 2018

Mariusz Lamentowicz, Katarzyna Marcisz, Mariusz Gałka, Katarzyna Kajukało

Laboratory of Wetland Ecology and Monitoring & Department of Biogeography and Palaeoecology, Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, Poland

Contact: intmoorex2018@gmail.com
www: http://zbip-lwem.home.amu.edu.pl 
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42nd International Moor Excursion 2018 is planned to explore different landscapes of the young glacial landscape of N Poland. This time the excursion will be devoted to peatlands and lakes and their Holocene archives. We will present multi-proxy high-resolution reconstructions focused on the recognition of the past fire activity, hydrology and land-use change, and vegetation succession on ombrotrophic bogs. Moreover, the excursion will possess a novel aspect - we will demonstrate two manipulative experimental sites where we test how warming and drought affect peatland ecosystems. We will also show a natural experiment – dramatic impact of a tornado on the forest and wetland ecosystem. We will present our efforts to infer a signal of this disturbance using peat and lake sediments. This will be the first time for the Moor Excursion that experiments and palaeoecological studies will be presented together. Furthermore, invited guests will show their new results from two laminated lakes located in north-western and north-eastern Poland. What is amazing, those lakes are located in the same basins as our high-resolution records from peatlands. We are really excited to show our new results!

To get to know the history of the region we will visit the Castle of the Teutonic Order in Malbork – the largest castle in the world measured by its land area. We would like to introduce you to some aspect of the Polish culture and folklore, accompanied by the traditional Polish cuisine and beverages.

Topics covered

  •  Origin and development of bogs and fens along continentality gradient.
  •  Palaeohydrological changes in peatlands over the Holocene and quantitative depth-to-water table reconstructions.
  •  Past fire activity in N Poland and the influence of fire on forests and local vegetation.
  •  Influence of drought and warming on local vegetation (Sphagnum and vascular plants) and microbial communities.
  •  Linking historical data with high-resolution time series.
  •  Impact of fire and human activities on peatland testate amoeba communities.
  •  Influence of catastrophic forest disturbances on Sphagnum-dominated peatlands.
  •  Manipulative warming and drought experiments: CLIMPEAT experiment at Linje mire and WETMAN experiment at Rzecin mire

Proxies covered: plant macrofossils, testate amoebae, charcoal, pollen and non-pollen palynomorphs, cryptotephra and stable isotopes

First circular with detailed program and information about fee and support for several young scientists (MSc and PhD students)
Third curcular: Arrival information and final program

1982 Moor Excursion to northwestern Germany.
Picture provided by Siegfried Schloss