UIS Commission on Karst Hydrogeology and Speleogenesis

The HypoKarst project is an informal international effort to coordinate and promote hypogene karst and speleogenesis researches. The main objective is to advance our understanding of solution conduit and void development in those parts of the sedimentary cover that lie below the domain of shallow unconfined groundwater flow systems. This is important in order to better apprehend karst evolution, improve general karst paradigm and its applicability and effectiveness for solving related practical problems.

For more information about the project objectives and activities visit the HypoKarst Project page.

This page has been recently updated to include some more individual researchers and groups that have joined HypoKarst, new information about specific projects conducted by certain groups, and the link to KarstBase selection of papers on hypogenic karst/speleogenesis (currently 149 titles, with abstracts and links to full publications).

Good news from the Hungarian group (Department of Physical and Applied Geology, Eotvos Lorand University, Budapest):  they are starting a new 4-year project funded by the Hungarian Research Foundation. The project title is "Evaluation of hypogenic karstification, focusing on microbially mediated processes", and the project leader is Prof. Judit Madl-Szonyi.

Project abstract: Hypogenic karst systems are in the focus of research interest in the last decades. The Buda Thermal Karst system is an active hypogenic karst area where fluids with their dynamics, effects and products can be studied directly. Hypogenic karst development and its manifestations caused by flowing groundwater will be interpreted in flow system context. The proposed comprehensive study will provide an overview about the controlling factors of hypogenic processes and will enhance our knowledge on microbially mediated speleogenesis. Generalization of the results may be applicable in similar settings worldwide.

Plans for several scientific conferences/symposia on hypogenic karst/speleogenesis during next few years are currently under discussion between the potential organizers, UIS KHS Commission and some partner organizations. Details will be announced as soon as dates, venues and themes are finalized.

Alexander Klimchouk and Yuri Dublyansky,
HypoKarst coordinators
HypoKarst Project page