Sarah Truebe (NSS #61563) needs your help to complete part of her dissertation research! Consider taking this Speleothem Sampling Methods Survey: http://buff.ly/1ijD6gV
Sarah is looking for responses from cavers, cave owners, cave managers, & cave scientists other than paleoclimate scientists to gather a variety of opinions about paleoclimate research & how it impacts caves. Paleoclimate scientists were surveyed earlier to produce a list of current research practices, which was used to build this survey.
Stalagmites are one of the best sources of paleoclimate information, which includes the reconstruction of past climate, temperature, rainfall, etc., especially where other sources (like lakes, trees, ice cores, and ocean sediments) don't exist.
Sampling stalagmites for this type of research requires looking along the growth axis, down the center of the speleothem. Generally, this means the stalagmite must be sliced open & measured down the middle. Many scientists are trying to minimize their impact on caves while doing this sampling, but as a community of cave stakeholders, Sarah thinks that we can do better.
Sarah hopes that your participation in this survey is the first step to initiating a community-wide discussion between paleoclimate scientists & other cave stakeholders, including recreational cavers, cave managers, cave owners, & other cave scientists. The goal of this discussion is to emerge with a set of current "best practice" guidelines for scientists & managers to be able to pursue valuable past climate information while conserving valuable cave resources.
Your participation in this survey is voluntary. You may stop at any time.
This survey is anonymous.
There are no risks to participating in this survey.
The survey will take from 30-60 minutes.
At the end, you will be asked if you would like to enter your contact information for a drawing for one of seven $100 gift cards to a vendor of your choice. Your contact information is stored separately from your survey responses.
For ease of use, please take the survey on a computer or tablet rather than a mobile phone.
Thank you for your participation in this survey: http://buff.ly/1ijD6gV
. If you have any questions during the survey, or have any problems taking the survey, please feel free to contact researcher Sarah Truebe (firstname.lastname@example.org).#research #speleothem #survey #stalagmite