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Annual Meeting of the German Working Group for Geomorphology

5 – 8 October 2016, Jena, Germany

The main topic of this year’s annual meeting of the German Working Group for Geomorphology was entitled “As time goes by – Zeit in der Geomorphologie”. Diverse contributions, which focused on geomorphological processes on different timescales, were presented. With 99 participants, 41 oral and 26 poster presentations, the conference gave the chance to learn about the latest updates amongst others about geomorphological and geochronological methods, process studies as well as palaeoenvironment reconstructions, which are of high interest for my future PhD research. Hence, the conference provided a good opportunity to get in touch with scientists working in research fields related to mine.

In my poster I presented the necessity of new approaches for accurate local relative sea-level reconstructions for the German North Sea coast. Therefore, I showed the results of a recently completed study, which do not allow precise reconstructions of the relative sea-level due to local effects and a lack of chronological data. A new approach was presented, which will relate abundant Foraminifera and Ostracoda of modern samples within the intertidal zone (salt marsh to mudflat) with environmental conditions and the elevation relative to mean sea-level. By this means a transfer function will be developed, which can be applied on fossil samples from sediment cores in order to establish high resolution reconstructions of the local relative sea-level development with accuracies in the range of 10 cm. Within the poster, I also presented first results of a feasibility study at the southern coast of Spiekeroog, showing that the foraminiferal species and the number of individuals are appropriate for the development of a transfer function.

During the Poster Sessions, several discussions about my research were possible and I established valuable contacts with German researchers working on related topics also at the German North Sea coast. I think an exchange of experiences and information with this person will be very helpful during my doctoral studies.

I want to thank the GSGS Committee for funding my participation in this conference. Due to the financial support I got the chance to present the idea for my future doctoral studies and I am convinced that this will improve the outcome of my PhD thesis.


Juliane Scheder
Candidate (Start-up Honours Grant); future PhD student

Institute of Geography

PhD Project (working title): „Foraminifera and Ostracoda as proxies for Holocene sea-level changes at the German North Sea coast”

Microfaunal and sedimentological data as proxies Holocene sealevel and coastal changes at the German North Sea coast (poster presentation)