Moor House                  Courtesy by A.A.Beylich

Key Test Sites for IAG SEDIBUD WG

Selected SEDIBUD Key Test Sites (by March 2011):

  • Antarctica:
    1. Joyce Glacier, Garwood Valley
    2. Garwood Glacier, Garwood Valley
  • Argentina:
    1. Laguna Potrok Aike
  • Austria:
    1. Obersulzbachkees
    2. Pasterze
  • Bulgaria:
    1. Musala area
  • Canada:
    1. Cape Bounty
    2. Lilloet River Basin
    3. Robson River
  • Finland:
    1. Kidisjoki
  • Germany:
    1. Reintal
  • Greenland:
    1. Kangerlussuaq-Strømfjord
    2. Mittivakkat glacier catchment
    3. Zackenberg
  • Iceland:
    1. Botn í Dýrafirði
    2. Reykjarströnd
    3. Tindastöll
    4. Fnjóskadalur-Bleiksmýrardalur
    5. Hofsjökull, northern forefield
    6. Austdalur
    7. Hrafndalur
    8. Örravatnrústir
  • India:
    1. East Dabka Watershed (Kumaon Himalaya)
  • Italy:
    1. Reno Catchment (Northern Apennines)
  • New Zealand:
    1. Douglas Glacier
    2. Godley Valley
    3. Unnamed Valley
  • Norway:
    1. Bødalen
    2. Erdalen
    3. Homla
    4. Vinstradalen
    5. Tana catchment
    6. Dynamiskbekken (Svalbard)
    7. Ebbaelva (Svalbard)
    8. Hørbyeelva (Svalbard)
    9. Kaffiøyra (Svalbard)
    10. Scottelva (Svalbard)
  • Russia:
    1. Mezen
  • Sweden:
    1. Latnjavagge
    2. Kärkevagge
    3. Kårsavagge
    4. Låktavagge
  • Switzerland:
    1. Illgraben
  • United Kingdom:
    1. Moor House

So far 44 SEDIBUD Key Test Sites have been selected based on Proposals submitted by SEDIBUD members.Justification for the selected SEDIBUD Initial Major Key Test Sites:

  • A wide spectrum of different cold climate environments and processes is covered
  • Active glacier retreat and permafrost degradation in some areas
  • N-S and W-E gradients in northern Europe are investigated
  • Different levels of stability and different levels of postglacial landscape formation are given
  • Test catchments of similar size in different cold environments are given
  • Different sizes of test catchments in the same cold environment are given in selected areas (Iceland, west Greenland, Finnish Lapland, Pennines, Russia, etc.)
  • Combination of high-latitude and alpine sites is given
  • Combination of European and non-European sites is given
  • More European and non-European sites – both high-latitude and alpine sites – will be added

Data management

A SEDIBUD Metadata Database will be developed. The SEDIBUD Metadata Database will include new data from SEDIBUD test sites and will be accessible from the SEDIBUD Webpage. The comparable data sets from the different SEDIBUD test sites will be used for analysing effects of climate change and related vegetation cover changes on geomorphic transfer processes and sediment budgets in the selected SEDIBUD test sites.


An electronic SEDIBUD Newsletter will be sent three times per year by the SEDIBUD Secretary to all SEDIBUD members and linked networks, organizations and groups.


Reports on IAG SEDIBUD Workshops and other SEDIBUD activities and outputs will be published in significant global newsletters.


Scientific paper and poster presentations from the SEDIBUD Workshops will be published in Special Issues of leading Journals. Also Abstract Volumes from these Workshops will be published.

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