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The best Carpathian student paper award
3rd Forum Carpaticum – date and venue confirmed
COP4 – provisional agenda available and registration open

During the work of compiling S4C Communications, it appears that there is a wealth of information related to Carpathian science but it is difficult to consolidate because it is dispersed at so many different locations. One place, that is definitely missing is a kind of a Carpathian “clearinghouse”. The simple answer to this oversight is the development of a new S4C website, which is ongoing and will be published in the following weeks. The objective of this website is to become a leading regional, scientific, mountain-related source of information about the Carpathian ecological region. We will do our best to prepare the website, but what will make it really valuable is the community around using it. This has real potential and a real value to the S4C community! More than 400 leading Carpathian scientists and practitioners doing a research, organizing workshops, conferences, publishing papers and changing the region. In the meantime, as we develop the website, please do not hesitate to register at and use our LinkedIn group - this is already a working link where you can share the relevance and importance of your work in the region! The potential of the group is growing with each new member! An even better occasion is to attend the 3rd Forum Carpaticum - a place meet, network, exchange ideas and discuss the challenges of implementing science in the Carpathians - we hope to see you there!

Dominik Kaim, Jagiellonian University, Poland
Yurij Bihun, Shelterwood Systems, Vermont, USA
Astrid Björnsen Gurung, MRI-Europe
The Network

Forum Carpaticum 2014 - the best Carpathian student paper award

In order to support the publication of Carpathian papers by young scientists, the Science for Carpathians releases the call for the best Carpathian student paper.
Nominated individuals could be students, PhD students or young scientists up to 35 years of age, who published a paper relevant to the Carpathian science in a peer-reviewed journal in 2011 or later. Only papers published in English will be considered. A nominated young scientist should be the only or the principal author of the paper.
A nomination should include:
  1. name, affiliation and position of the person submitting the nomination;
  2. the name of nominated young scientist, his/her affiliation, full postal address, e-mail address;
  3. full citation of the paper;
  4. justification for the nomination (highlighting contribution of the paper to the Carpathian science); and
  5. a copy of the paper.  
Nominations will be evaluated by a committee composed of the S4C SSC members.
Up to three authors of the best papers will receive the diploma and the financial award (250 €; 150 € and 100 € respectively). The award winners will be announced during Forum Carpaticum 2014 conference.
Nominations should be submitted before 30 June 2014 by email to: S4C SSC Chair, Dr. Lubos Halada:

S4C Co-Chair leaves the MRI
Astrid Björnsen Gurung, MRI-Europe Program Manager and Co-Chair of S4C

After more than 11 years working for the MRI, I have decided to start a new chapter in my professional life: Terminating my MRI engagement by the end of July 2014, I will start a new position at the Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research (WSL) in Birmensdorf, Switzerland, where I will be responsible for a new Research Programme on Energy Change Impact.

My first encounter with the Carpathians was just before Christmas 2007, when the MRI was requested to support the development of a Carpathian research network. Against all odds, I joined the “Carpathian mission” as a guest of the Alps with sometimes rather exotic ideas. Still, the Carpathian research community made me always feel welcome and it was very satisfying to see the network grow, flourish and gain strength. S4C is now an impresive network of about 400 members. It is advanced in its work relations with the Carpathian Convention, has a working Research Agenda in place and has established the Forum Carpaticum as a regular activity. And the communication is in the hands of S4C as well. Indeed, no longer a babe in arms – the S4C has grown up!

Thanks a lot for your open minds, your persistence and hospitability. Until the Forum Carpaticum 2014 I will remain S4C Co-chair, thereafter I will leave the space for another SSC member.
Although this may be a bittersweet farewell, it is not goodbye! With the termination of my MRI work, I do not intend to cut my ties and contacts with members of the S4C community you -  in my new position, we may have opportunities to continue to collaborate (see below)!

Energy Change Impact Research in the Carpathian Region

In response to the Kyoto protocol Europe aims at a fundamental change in its energy policy towards renewable energy sources such as water, wind, solar power and biomass. Such a change will have both positive and negative impacts. For the energy shift to succeed, scientific information on the resource availability, the energy production and its potential impacts on environment, landscapes and society is needed. In the same vein, public opinions and perceptions are crucial for the acceptance of a new technology.
If you are doing or are planning research on the resource availability and/or the potential impacts of energy change as described above, please let me know. There might be opportunities to collaborate or learn from each other. Astrid Björnsen Gurung Thanks.

S4C LinkedIn group

We would like to invite you to join the S4C LinkedIn group. The aim of the group is to stimulate an easy two-way communication among S4C members. The group offers not only the possibility to disseminate news items that are currently part of the S4C Newsflashes, but also foster a fast way to comment the information directly, by any group member.

Carpathians Unite

UNEP/GRID-Warsaw is the lead partner of the consortium implementing the project - „Carpathians Unite – a mechanism of consultation and cooperation for implementation of the Carpathian Convention" between 2012 and 2015 in Małopolska and Podkarpacie Provinces of Poland, supported by the Swiss-Polish Cooperation Programme. The project is aimed at the protection and sustainable use of biological and landscape diversity, targeted at local self-governments, entrepreneurs and farmers, NGOs, scientists, nature conservation authorities and tourists. Project activities include e.g. the elaboration of the draft national action plan for the implementation of the Biodiversity Protocol to the Carpathian Convention, and the development of the web portal "Carpathian Informatorium", presenting data resources on the Polish Carpathians with the use of modern geo-visualisational techniques and geo-informational technologies. 

Changes - Changing Hydro-meteorological Risks

CHANGES is designed to develop an advanced understanding of how climate and socio-economic change will affect the patterns of hydro-meteorological risk in two major European mountain areas. In addition to the case studies in the French and Italian Alps, two case studies from the Carpathians are being subject of research: Beskid Mały (Poland) and Buzau County (Romania). Both case studies are regions that have been subject to a high occurrence of hydro-meteorological hazards such as floods and landslides.
The project ends in December 2014, with the final conference open to everyone being held between 18-19 November 2014 in Padova, Italy (see Events section). As the matter of changes to the risk is of high importance to both researchers and decision makers, this conference might be of interest to all researchers in the field of climate change, flood and landslide hazard modeling, land use/cover change, vulnerability, spatial planning, GIS and decision support systems, citizen or voluntary science, risk communication and visualisation and risk policy.

The main aim of the project is to improve the basis of climate data in the Carpathian Region for applied regional climatological studies such as a Climate Atlas and/or drought monitoring, to investigate the fine temporal and spatial structure of the climate in the Carpathian Mountains and the Carpathian basin with standardized and uniform methodology. Therefore, a freely available, high resolution gridded database has been produced for the Larger Carpathian Region (LCR).
Available data covers:
Timeframe -1961-2010
Spatial range - Climatological grids cover the area between latitudes 44°N and 50°N, and longitudes 17°E and 27°E
Temporal resolution - 1 day
Spatial resolution - 0.1˚ x 0.1˚
MRI Global Fair and Workshop Long-term Observing Systems of Mountain Socio-Ecological Systems
July 16-19, 2014, Reno, USA

IGU Regional Conference
August 18-22, 2014, Krakow, Poland
S4C SSC member, Katarzyna Ostapowicz, is organizing a session ‘New perspective in landscape fragmentation and connectivity assessment’ during the conference. The aim of this session is to identify current trends in spatial explicitly analysis and modeling of landscape fragmentation and connectivity.
More and here

Pro Mountains: Tourism, sustainable development and environment - Nature and People: interactions, conflicts, consequences, solutions
September 5-7, 2014 Drobeta Turnu-Severin, Romania

3rd Forum Carpaticum Local Responses to Global Challenges
September 16-18, 2014, Lviv, Ukraine

COP4 Fourth Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Carpathian Convention
September 24-26, 2014
Mikulov, Czech Republic

IUFRO Sustaining Forests, Sustaining People – The role of research
October 5-11, 2014, Salt Lake City, USA

Central Europe after 25 years of transformation
October 9 - 10, 2014 Nitra, SLOVAKIA

Late Pleistocene and Holocene climatic variability in the Carpathian-Balkan region
November 6-9, 2014, Cluj-Napoca, Transylvania, ROMANIA

CHANGES final conference
November 18-19, 2014, Padova, ITALY
Forest and agricultural land change in the Carpathian region—A meta-analysis of long-term patterns and drivers of change
Munteanu C., Kuemmerle T., Boltiziar M., Butsic V., Gimmi U., Halada L., Kaim D., Király G., Konkoly-Gyuró É. , Kozak J., Lieskovský J., Mojses M., Müller D., Ostafin K., Ostapowicz K., Shandra O., Štych P., Walker S., Radeloff V.C., 2014, Forest and agricultural land change in the Carpathian region—A meta-analysis of long-term patterns and drivers of change, Land Use Policy 38, 685–697.  doi:10.1016/j.landusepol.2014.01.012

The Tatra Mountains during the Last Glacial Maximum
Zasadni J., Kłapyta P., 2014, The Tatra Mountains during the Last Glacial Maximum, Journal of Maps 10, 440–456. doi:10.1080/17445647.2014.885854

Emerging multilevel environmental governance – A case of public participation in Poland
Cent J., Grodzińska-Jurczak M., Pietrzyk-Kaszyńska A., Emerging multilevel environmental governance – A case of public participation in Poland, Journal for Nature Conservation 22, 93–102. doi: 10.1016/j.jnc.2013.09.005

Factors affecting the persistence of traditional agricultural landscapes in Slovakia during the collectivization of agriculture
Lieskovský J., Kenderessy P., Špulerová J., Lieskovský T., Koleda P., Kienast F., Gimmi U., 2014, Factors affecting the persistence of traditional agricultural landscapes in Slovakia during the collectivization of agriculture, Landscape Ecology 29, 867–877. doi: 10.1007/s10980-014-0023-1

Managing Protected Areas in Central and Eastern Europe Under Climate Change
Rannow S., Neubert M., (Eds.), 2014, Managing Protected Areas in Central and Eastern Europe Under Climate Change, Springer Series: Advances in Global Change Research 58, Springer.
Call for Research Proposals of the Living Planet Fellowship (ESA)
The European Space Agency (ESA) has issued a call for research proposals under its Living Planet Fellowship initiative. The main objective of this initiative is to provide support to young researchers who have a doctoral degree and who would like to initiate a scientific career in the context of Earth Observation, Earth science and Climate research. Candidate researchers shall submit research proposals responding to one of following Programmatic Areas:
     -Support To Science
     -Scientific Exploitation of the Sentinels
     -Climate Change Initiative
Deadline: 30 June 2014
Postdoctoral position in Movement Ecology - The Institute for Ecology, Evolution and Diversity at the Goethe University Frankfurt (Germany)

This advertisement is for a 3-year postdoctoral position in the working group of Thomas Mueller. The researcher will participate in existing projects and develop own research efforts on understanding animal movements from relocation data.
To apply for the position, please email a statement of research goals, CV, and the names and email addresses of three references in a single .pdf file to:
Review of applications will begin 4 June 2014, and will continue until the position has been filled.
Carpathian science (or not) related
Grey Wolf Captured On Camera

Transylvanian Wildlife Project runs 12-month project assessing large carnivore populations and biodiversity studies in the Csomad-Balvanyos region area in the Romanian Carpathians. After several months a camera trap has recorded a first glimpse of a wolf (Canis lupus).The results can be seen here
More on the project

Tarcu Mountains: the biggest-ever bison reintroduction in Europe

On May 17, Europe’s largest living wild land mammal, the European bison, will be brought back to the Tarcu Mountains in the Southern Carpathians rewilding area, in Romania. It has been extinct from the area for 200 years. About 20 European bison (Bison bonasus) will be brought here from several European countries. Later on this summer 10 more will be taken here. This is the biggest-ever bison reintroduction and transportation to have taken place in Europe.

Carpathian Photography gallery

We present the photo in the header of the Newsflash by courtesy
of Kuba Wierzchowski - photographer interested in the Carpathians. His gallery presenting high-quality photographs from many Carpathian countries can be found at

The Science for the Carpathians (S4C) Newsflash is sent out every two months to the 440 addresses of the S4C Network. The next Newsflash is planned for August 2014. Please send us any information you want to be distributed to the network (target length 80-90 words). If you have documents to share please send us the web link rather than the document. To send questions or comments, or if you do not wish to receive this mailing, please reply to to Dominik Kaim (

Sincerely yours,

Dominik Kaim, Jagiellonian University
Yurij Bihun, Director, Shelterwood Systems
Astrid Björnsen Gurung, MRI Europe

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