Climate Change, The Karst Record (KR9 Conference)

Innsbruck, Austria
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The PAGES-supported 9th International Climate Change: The Karst Record Conference (KR9) will be held from 17-20 July 2022 in Innsbruck, Austria.

Peripheral activities will run from 16-25 July 2022.


The main conference location will be the Centre of Chemistry and Biomedicine (CCB) at the University of Innsbruck.


Organizers are aiming to be certified by Green Tirol as a "Green Conference". Childcare will be available on-site at no cost during the main conference.
Awards will be given for best student poster, best student presentation, as well as the Karst Waters Institute Karst Award to Prof. Stein-Erik Lauritzen.
Travel support is available for early-career researchers and those from developing countries. See "Financial support" section below.


The KR9 meeting will bring together scientists from around the globe to share the latest progress in the rapidly developing field of cave-based paleoclimate and paleoenvironmental research.


The full list of sessions can be accessed here:

Keynote speakers

Heather Stoll (ETH Zurich, Switzerland)
Session: Karst Records of Climate Variability on Orbital Timescales
Preliminary Title: Stalagmite records of meltwater release and temperature change in the North Atlantic

Ashish Sinha (California State university Dominguez Hills, USA)
Session: From Decadal to Seasonal Resolution: Speleothem Records on Human Timescales
Preliminary Title: The "Black Swan" events in speleothem palaeoclimate record

David McGee (MIT, USA)
Session: Data-Model Integration for a better understanding of Past Climatic and Environmental Dynamics

Hagit Affek (Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel)
Session: Method and Technical Developments in Speleothem Science

Robyn Pickering (University of Cape Town, South Africa)
Session: Cave Records of Human History
Preliminary Title: Shaking up our human family tree: U-Pb dating speleothems from the Cradle of Humankind, South Africa

Registration and abstract submission

Registration opens December 2021:

Financial support

PAGES has provided some financial assistance for the attendance of early-career researchers and researchers from developing countries. All details:

Further information

An online seminar series (KROnline) runs from December 2020 to March 2021.
For all details about the in-person conference, go to the official website:
Questions can be emailed to:

PAGES working group workshop

SISAL: Speleothem data analysis using the SISAL database
Convenors: Laia Comas-Bru (University of Reading, UK) and Kira Rehfeld (University of Heidelberg, Germany)

The goal of this workshop is to provide training to interested researchers in using the SISAL database on Speleothem Isotopes (Atsawawaranunt et al. 2018). First, you will be introduced to the SISAL workbooks, which provide the standardised means to submit and upload new speleothem records to the database. You will actively enter data, which can be new speleothem records which you could bring along or synthetic records that we will provide for the purpose of the workshop. Second, you will learn how to run quality control scripts to ensure that the spreadsheets contain all necessary information. Then, you will learn to query and screen the database using R and python. Based on your selected sites, you will plot time series and maps. Further, you will do some statistical analyses to the data such as applying temporal filters and computing correlations.