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The research program entitled «Geographical risk phenomena in the alpine belt of the Southern Carpathians. Utilization of GIS technique and the achievement of maps of risk phenomena» run by the team from West University of Timisoara and led by Mircea Voiculescu will continue with the financial support of the National Council for Scientific Research in Superior Education (CNCSIS). The main monitoring program of periglacial slope processes is focused on the Parâng and Fagaras Mountains in the next season.

The papers presented at the International Workshop on Alpine Geomorphology and Mountain Hazards (September 23-26, 2004, Bâlea Cascada, Fagaras Mountains) were published in English in a special issue of Analele Universitatii de Vest din Timisoara- Geografie.

Present-day periglacial processes, glacial and periglacial landforms, and permafrost relict features – particularly rock glaciers – are currently studied in the eastern part of the Fagaras Mountains by Petru Urdea.

Within the project «Surface exposure dating of glacial deposits from the last glacial cycle, Evidence from the East Alps, the Bavarian Forest, the Southern Carpathians and the Altai Mountains» (2003-2005), coordinated by Anne Reuther (Regensburg University), absolute age dating of glacial landforms by cosmogenic isotopes has been carried out and was also applied to some rock glaciers of the Retezat Mountains.

In order to better monitor the snow cover in mountain areas, a Laboratory of Nivo-meteorology and Avalanche Prediction, coordinated by Maria Motoiu, was created by the National Administration for Meteorology in February 2004. It is aimed at investigating the future evolution of snow cover, and the conditions prone to avalanches. This laboratory will develop an elaborated nivological balance for each winter season.

Petru Urdea (urdeap@rectorat.uvt.ro)