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31st International Karstological School “Classical karst”

June 17 - June 21


We have been organizing the International Karst School “Classical Karst” (IKS) since 1993. The school offers a framework in which both, young and established karstologists from all over the world present new research in the field of karstology, socialize and get to know Classical karst. Every year, we choose a leading topic, the history and state of research of which are presented by invited lecturers, while the other participants present their research in the form of lectures or posters. The red thread of the school are the afternoon and full-day excursions, where the leading theme is presented in the field sites of the Classical Karst. The last full-day excursion is entirely dedicated to the general presentation of the most important areas of the Classic Karst.

The 31st IKS from 17th – 21st June 2024 will delve into the pivotal theme of data: its acquisition, processing and interpretation. The rapid evolution of measurement and analytical techniques in the engineering and natural sciences has significantly augmented the toolkit of methods and findings in karst research. State-of-the-art measuring systems, which provide data with high spatial and temporal resolution, now permeate all facets of karst research — from speleology, karst hydrology, geology and geomorphology to research into the cave climate and subterranean life. When navigating the challenging terrain of the karst underground, one encounters many obstacles that require innovative solutions for data acquisition. The complexity of karst environments requires ingenuity in processing and interpreting the temporal and spatial data obtained. We invite participants to share their experiences in characterizing karst environments, elucidate the challenges they have encountered and present their inventive solutions.

All information can be found at: https://iks.zrc-sazu.si/en/



June 17
June 21


Karst Research Institute ZRC SAZU


Karst Research Institute ZRC SAZU
Titov trg 2
Postojna, 6230 Slovenia
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