Since the last Romanian report, the activities of the Romanian geomorphologists involved in glacial and periglacial geomorphology and permafrost were focused on the Transylvanian Alps (Southern Carpathians).
A group of geographers from West University of Timisoara are involved in the research project ‘The present-day morphodynamic processes of the alpine area of the Southern Carpathians, from sustainable development perspective’ (project director, P. Urdea), financed by the National Council for University Research (CNCSIS) for the period 1999-2001 (Grant 15/63 CNCSIS).
In the Fagaras Mountains – the highest in Romania, and in the Retezat Mountains, monitoring and prediction of permafrost activity were continued by P. Urdea and his group from the Department of Geography, West University of Timisoara. Also, the sporadicextrazonal permafrost, discovered at low altitude (1100 m asl.) at Detunata Mountain (Apuseni Mountains), was monitored by the method of temperature measurements of the spring situated at the base of the rock glacier.
P. Urdea and L. Dragut (Babes-Bolyai University of Cluj-Napoca) examined and mapped glacial and periglacial relief and relict permafrost indicators in the Surianu Mountains. M. Voiculescu (West University of Timisoara) completed and defended at the Bucharest University, the doctoral thesis ‘The study of the geoecological potential and environment protection in the Fagaras Mountains’.
Glacial and periglacial relief and present-day geomorphic phenomena were studied by M. Mandrescu (Stefan cel Mare University of Suceava) during the summer of 2000 in the Maramures Mountains (Easthern Carpathians).
The Asociatia Geomorfologilor din Romania (Romanian Association of Geomorphologists), founded in 1990 and affiliated with the International Association of Geomorphology, was reorganised at the XVIII National Symposium of Geomorphology (25-30 September, 2000) and now has six different research fields including ‘Glacial and Periglacial Geomor-phology’ coordinated by P. Urdea.
Petru Urdea (firstname.lastname@example.org)