Achim A. Beylich(Trondheim, Norway)
International Association of Geomorphologists (I.A.G./A.I.G.)
working group SEDIBUD – Sediment Budgets in Cold Environments
Other scientists working on this project: Scott F. Lamoureux (Kingston, Canada) & Armelle Decaulne (Clermont-Ferrand, France)
What questions related to the Arctic are you trying to answer? Within our working group we address the central question: What are the contemporary sediment fluxes in Polar regions?
How will answers to those questions help us understand more about the world? Better knowledge on contemporary sediment fluxes in Polar regions will help us to better understand which effects Global Change will have in these regions. We need to know more about relationships between our present climate and sedimentary fluxes to be able to predict consequences of Global Change. Sediment is a critical component of the materials that rivers move. Changes in sediment fluxes have important ecosystem and landscape impacts.
How are you trying to find answers to those questions? We are a large group of international scientists working together on these very relevant questions. Everybody in our group carries out his or her own research in different parts of the world and we organise meetings and exchange our knowledge, our experiences, and our data. Everybody benefits from this intensive exchange and from our joining of forces. We develop and agree on common methods within our studies, so we can even better compare our results from our different study areas around the Globe. By joining our forces we take the challenge of understanding which effects Global Change will have on surface processes in sensitive Polar regions of our planet.
Recount for us one of your field days in the Arctic: As geomorphologists we can spend a lot of time every year in nature. We can experience different landscapes and all different types of weather. Being in contact with these natural forces is fascinating, and the always-changing lights and colours in Polar landscapes are a great experience. We can share all this with colleagues participating in our field campaigns and coming from different parts of the world. This is also a great cultural experience.
What is most rewarding about being a scientist? Spending a lot of time in fascinating nature and together with colleagues from different parts of the world is an experience that cannot be replaced by anything else. Being a scientist means being free in our scientific work and working together with colleagues from all different parts of the world. It is a great privilege to decide by ourselves where we carry out our research and which questions we address within our research. We have a great responsibility to serve mankind by trying to solve important problems connected to Global Change. Being a scientist is a great challenge.