Quaternary Palaeoenvironment (PALEOQ)

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Introduction:

Interdisciplinary group composed by 9 researches (geographers, geologists and biologists) from the University of Zaragoza. This Group is recognized by Aragon Government and it is specialized in Quaternary study techniques for the paleoenvironmental reconstructions. This Group has a wide experience in the physical environment studies and the dynamical reconstruction of the landscape from interdisciplinary works, with specialists in cartography, geology, soils, vegetation, climate, geomorphology and geoarchaeology

Research Lines:
  • Pediments, alluvial cones and fluvial terraces of the Quaternary.
  • Glacial and periglacial geomorphology.
  • Karst morphology, tufa accumulations and speleothems.
  • Slope dynamics, infilled valleys and Holocene geoarchaoelogy.
  • Arid and semiarid geomorphology and palaeoevironments.
  • Basic and applicate cartography (hazards and impacts).
  • Environmental and dynamic cartography.
  • Soils, vegetation and landscape evolution and dynamics.
  • Climate analyse and climate change scenarios.
  • Study areas: Pyrenees, Iberian Ranges and Ebro Basin, Greece, Argentina, Chile, Island, Norge.
Background:
  • Coordination and participation in national and international research projects.
  • Organisation of training courses on geomorphology, natural hazards, cartographic applications, biogeography and geoarchaeology in Spain and South America.
  • Environmental Impact Studies and Natural Hazards., Natural Resources Inventory, Interpretation Centers in natural spaces and cultural parks organization, Cartography of vegetation dynamics, soils and geomorphology studies for companies and governments
Facilities and equipment:

Laboratories and others equipments in the Geography and Territorial Planning and the Earth Sciences Departments (Central Campus of the Zaragoza University), the Huesca Polytechnical School and Teruel University Campus.

Technological Offer/Services:
  • Monitoring and evaluation of the environmental impact studies. Planning and Management of natural resources.
  • Environmental Education.
  • Application of the Geographic Information Systems to the landscape, climate, soils and geomorphological research.
  • Analyse of soils.
  • Professional Geoarchaeological services
Contact:

Dr. José Luis Peña
Research Group Coordinator
jlpena@unizar.es

Dept. of Geography and Land Management

Faculty of Phylosophy and Literature

Other members