• DATESTRA

    (Database of qUATERNARY

    Terrestrial European Stratigraphy )  

    INQUA-SACCOM granted (1612-F) International Focus Group

    SEQS 2006 Meeting, Pianico Cellere, Italy

    SEQS BACKGROUND

    DATESTRA Project follows the activities carried out by SEQS during the previous Intra-Congress periods that allowed scientists from all over Europe and adjacent areas to visit, observe and discuss highly detailed sedimentary records and depositional sequences in different geodynamic contexts.

    Photo by Guzel Danukalova: SEQS 2006 Meeting, Pianico Cellere, Italy

    The main aim of the SEQS activities was to discuss the stratigraphic setting of the main successions and longer records and make correlations between applicable litho-stratigraphical subdivisions in use in different countries / regions.

    Photo by Guzel Danukalova: SEQS 2008 Meeting, Penestin, Brittany, France

    METHODOLOGICAL BACKGROUND

    Since terrestrial records are fragmentary and often lacking reliable dating techniques covering the full range of Quaternary time, Stratigraphical schemes sometimes are faced with problematic cross-continental and global correlations

    Photo by Guzel Danukalova: SEQS 2012 Meeting, San Giovanni di Sinis, Sardinia, Italy

    In order to share among European Quaternary scientists basic geoscientific information there is the need for the consolidation of a common language / terminology / methodology.

    Photo by Guzel Danukalova: SEQS 2010 Meeting , Semibalki, Azov region, Russia

    In fact, cross-boundary correlations and knowledge are necessary in order to obtain common and solid stratigraphical subdivisions functional to mapping, modeling and improving for practical purposes that includes the prevention of geohazards and risks.

    Photo by Guzel Danukalova: SEQS 2012 Meeting , Cantaro, Sardinia, Italy

    AIMS OF DATESTRA

    During 2016-2019 Intercongress period SEQS (INQUA Section on European Quaternary Stratigraphy) will establish a Geographic Stratigraphical Database of Terrestrial European key-sites.

     

    DATESTRA should constitute the first step to create a common base for all the Quaternary scientists who want to have a concise overview of the main stratigraphical subdivisions across the boundaries of Europe.

    Photo by Mauro Coltorti: SEQS 2013 Meeting , Mircea Voda, Romania

    DATESTRA will critically summarize the main sites containing Terrestrial Quaternary deposits in Europe trying to bypass their fragmentary nature and giving rapid access to the sections, techniques and methods used for their study

    Photo by Guzel Danukalova: SEQS 2014 Meeting, Baturino, Russia

    DATESTRA will provide a rapid overview of reliable stratigraphical and geographic data set described with a common stratigraphic language

    Photo by Guzel Danukalova: SEQS 2005 Meeting, Niederweningen, Switzerland

    DATESTRA will focus on the main Quaternary stages as assessed by IGSC (Early-, Middle-, Late Pleistocene and Holocene) giving particular emphasis on the stage boundaries and transitions.

    Photo by Guzel Danukalova: SEQS 2013 Meeting, Constantia, Romania

    This approach should give a summary of the main characters of the subseries / stages across Europe providing to the Quaternary scientists a geographic-based compendium of the basic information for each stage and how these subdivisions have a common significance at a pan-European scale

    Photo by Guzel Danukalova: INQUA2015 Congress, SEQS Session

    OUTCOMES

    The main outcome expected by the activities of this IFG is a GIS-based Geographic Database containing the basic information about the key-sites of the Terrestrial Quaternary Stratigraphy of Europe.

    This is a unique tool to provide a geographic based summary of the main knowledge on the Terrestrial Quaternary will be easy-to-use open GIS based Web platforms and Google Earth©. These platforms will be used for the definition, structuring and sharing of information which can be compiled, shared and updated easily.

    The Database will also be made available as Google Earth © files or as web-GIS applications like “Story Maps” in order to give to the wider audience, the chance to have an overview of the European Terrestrial Quaternary setting.

    At the next INQUA Congress (2019 Dublin), SEQS will apply for a dedicated session for DATESTRA where the final results and outputs will be presented and shared among all the Quaternary audience.

  • activities

    2016

    Please check at http://geology.am/en/conference.html for registration.

    The meeting aims to exchange the knowledge of the Terrestrial Quaternary Stratigraphy at the easternmost part of Europe and the bordering Asian part through contact with the Asian stratigraphers. During the Meeting there will be a DATESTRA Session devoted to launch of the IFC’s activities with the presentation of a prototype of the database and its visualization together with the first release of the tables and charts related to DATESTRA and the discussion about concepts and contents. This session will also serve to involve as many people as possible from different regions of Europe (possibly ECR) in the data collection, discussion and future presentation.

    INQUA provides the possibility for financial support to the SEQS activity in 2016 related to DATESTRA Project.

    The support concerns Early Career Researcher (ECR, less than 8 years PhD) and Researchers from Countries with a low GDP.

    If you want to make use of this opportunity for the SEQS 2016 meeting in Armenia you can ask for support by sending the application form to Pierluigi Pieruccini (pieruccini@unisi.it) before 1st of July 2016.

  • TEAM

    Pierluigi Pieruccini

    Project Leader - SEQS Secretary

    Dipartimento di Scienze Fisiche, della Terra e dell'Ambiente - Università di Siena

    Via Laterina 8 - 53100 Siena - Italy

    pieruccini@unisi.it

    Markus Fiebig

    Project Leader - SEQS President

    University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna Institute of Applied Geology
    Peter Jordan-Str. 70 - 1190 Vienna - Austria

    markus.fiebig@boku.ac.at

    Guzel Danukalova

    Project Leader - SEQS Vice President

    Institute of Geology of the Ufimian scientific centre, Russian Academy of Sciences,
    K. Marx street, 16/2, - 450077, Ufa-centre, Bashkortostan, Russia

    danukalova@ufaras.ru

    Pier Lorenzo Fantozzi

    Database design and management

    Dipartimento di Scienze Fisiche, della Terra e dell'Ambiente - Università di Siena

    Via Laterina 8 - 53100 Siena - Italy

    pierlorenzo.fantozzi@unisi.it

    TEAM MEMBERS

    This is only a provisional list, people who want to get involved, please contact us  

    Central Europe - Jean Pierre Lefort, Leszek Marks, Alexander Sanko, Frank Preusser, Jean-Philip Brugal, Vincenzo Celiberti, Manfred Frechen;

    Southern Europe/Black Sea – Tivadar Gaudenyi, Federico Di Rita, Natalia Gerasimenko, Mauro Coltorti, Maria Rita Palombo, Bienvenido Martinez Navarro, Adele Bertini, Slobodan Markovic;

    Northern Europe – Wim Westerhoff, Katrin Lasberg, Laimdota Kalnina, Philip Gibbard; Kim Cohen, Thijs Van Kolfshoten, Charles Turner;

    European Russia – Andrei Zastrozhnov, Aleksey Tesakov, Sergei Shik, Vadim Titov.

  • news

    CHECK AT http://geology.am/en/conference.html

    for registration to the SEQS 2016 Meeting and Fieldtrip

    INQUA provides the possibility for financial support to the SEQS activity in 2016 related to DATESTRA Project.

    The support concerns Early Career Researcher (ECR, less than 8 years PhD) and Researchers from Countries with a low GDP.

    If you want to make use of this opportunity for the SEQS 2016 meeting in Armenia you can ask for support by sending the application form to Pierluigi Pieruccini (pieruccini@unisi.it) before 1st of July 2016.