What to Expect during the 3rd Asian Trans-Disciplinary Karst Conference

Speleology is the scientific study of — as well as the exploration of — caves. For others, it might be more familiar to call the actual activity of going into caves caving, potholing, or spelunking, but they do refer to the same thing.

Karst, on the other hand, is a kind of topography, or a shape of land that can be characterized by an underground drainage structure with plenty of caves and even sinkholes. It’s basically like a bunch of rocks that after a long period of time, appear to have melted. The kind of rock usually find in karst are dolomite, gypsum, and limestone, which are soluble rocks.

A conference of individuals who study the science of karst and speleology will be held in Bohol, Philippines this year, and is hosted by the PSS (Philippine Speleological Society). Here, exchanging of ideas as well as other pertinent information in the karst field will be conducted, and it will be with the leading professionals in a global, or at least Asia-Pacific scale.

Topics to be covered

The entire event is a gathering of people who are experts in the field of karst, and therefore, the topics discussed in the event cannot be limited to a simple few. The conference will feature all topics that are related to Karst Hydrogeology and Carbonate Reservoirs.

One possible topic would be the solute transport and flow in karst areas. More specifically, speakers may discuss their observations regarding the topic, cite examples of karst interactions with streams, present some models of saturated and unsaturated zones, as well as talk about epikarst.

Participants might also talk about some innovative metrology as well as other figures like flow rate, karst geometry, temperature, tracers, and chemistry involved in the study. The physico-chemistry of speleogenesis, as well as other aspects of the topic can also be explored.

Participants who wish to discuss a certain topic will also be free to include some models regarding their topic, even if they were to be simple approaches, or complete plans. They can also choose to talk about the entire process from theory to applications if they wish.

The petrophysics and geology of carbonate reservoirs might also be something interesting to hear about, as well as deep reservoir production and exploration. These topics can also branch off to the geological heterogeneity of the reservoir, as well as the geothermics related to exploration.

The risk and other environmental aspects regarding tunnels, mines, and other engineering infrastructure is also a pertinent topic, considering how much the mining industry is trying to expand. Information like this should also be more widely disseminated in order to educate more people.

Another important topic for the public to know is the disaster risk reduction, mitigation, and management regarding karst areas. Floods can cause some collapses underneath the karst, which damages the structures and drainage systems underneath.

Contaminant migration and chemical behavior are also possible topics for presenters, as well as polluted site management. These are just some examples of the topics that can be discussed in the conference, and there are definitely others that we’ll only learn about during the event itself.

Presenter details

As with any other gathering regarding discussion and presentations of various ideas and topics, there are rules regarding submission. If interested, you can choose to present only the abstract of your topic, or a full paper discussing all the details of your study.

Although it is an abstract of a certain study or topic, presenters should still include a title, the authors, and their affiliations. The aspect and nature of the work should be highlighted, and three keywords chosen from the study.

Abstracts are only 300 words long, whereas full papers should be longer, although not going past six pages. The full papers will be minutely reviewed and included in the actual conference proceedings, and those deemed of high quality will be invited to be revised and extended for inclusion in special issues in the reputed international journals.

Submissions will only be accepted until April 8 of this year, and their acceptance will be notified on or before the 10th of June.

In closing

Although highly specialized and not as mainstream as other field s of study, speleology is still something worth discussing, and interested parties should take this chance to join in the talks. The event lasts only four days, from September 7 to 10, but those days will be filled with everything you need to know regarding karst and its related fields of study. Despite this being a forum for experts, tours are also available for those who are interested. For more information, you can visit transkarst2019.com.

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