|Inspirational view of Mt Colon on the first day of work|
|Stuart Lane with the students|
|The LU team, myself L and Rob Mills R|
The format was that Lancaster and Lausanne students partnered together and chose to focus on some detailed aspects of alpine environmental processes, choosing from a number of thematic areas. This year, as it was a pioneer, the Lancaster group was relatively small and we had groups focussed on studying soil respiration in relation to avalanche damage, studying the effects of soil nutrient cycling in relation to an altitudinal gradient, studying processes leading to glacial ice melt in relation to moraine cover, and finally studying rates and properties of glacial meltwater.
|On the medial moraine of the upper Arolla Glacier|
|Studying soil respiration with an altitudinal gradient|
It was a marvellous week that I found it rewarding and inspiring, and I was particularly excited to be able to walk on the Haute Arolla Glacier and see processes close up, some of which took me back to my undergraduate days. I took lots of photographs which you can view here and also made a film which can be viewed below, and we have a hashtag #LECAlpine. I cannot wait until next year!