Weathering, soil formation and initial ecosystem evolution on a glacier forefield: a case study from the Damma Glacier, Switzerland

Bernasconi, S. M. and Christl, I. and Hajdas, I. and Zimmermann, S. and Hagedorn, F. and Smittenberg, R. H. and Furrer, G. and Zeyer, J. and Brunner, I. and Frey, B. and Pl\"otze, A. and Jonas, T. and Magnusson, J. and Bauder, A. and Farinotti, D. and Huss, M. and Wacker, L. and Abbaspour, K. and Lapanje, A. and Hindshaw, Ruth S. (2008) Weathering, soil formation and initial ecosystem evolution on a glacier forefield: a case study from the Damma Glacier, Switzerland. Mineralogical Magazine, 72. pp. 19-22. ISSN 0026-461X, Online ISSN: 1471-8022 DOI 10.1180/minmag.2008.072.1.19

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Abstract

The understanding of biogeochemical processes at the interface between geosphere, hydrosphere and biosphere is of paramount importance for many questions related to global climate and environmental change at very different time and spatial scales. In addition, soils are the principal resource for food production and the understanding of soil formation processes and biological interactions within soils is indispensable for the development of sustainable land-use strategies. In this contribution we present a research initiative, the multidisciplinary ‘BigLink’ Project, aiming at a better understanding of the links between weathering, soil formation and ecosystem evolution and how these biosphere-geosphere interactions are influenced (and themselves influence) climate and environmental change.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: NILAREP
Subjects: 01 - Climate Change and Earth-Ocean Atmosphere Systems
Divisions: 01 - Climate Change and Earth-Ocean Atmosphere Systems
Journal or Publication Title: Mineralogical Magazine
Volume: 72
Page Range: pp. 19-22
Identification Number: 10.1180/minmag.2008.072.1.19
Depositing User: Ruth Sarah Hindshaw
Date Deposited: 31 Jul 2016 20:19
Last Modified: 31 Jul 2016 20:20
URI: http://eprints.esc.cam.ac.uk/id/eprint/3709

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