Speleo-Electronics: Technical Communication in Caves

The following topics will be discussed in the workshop:
a) radiotelephone
b) Radio Location: how does it work, which devices are available?
c) Telephoning AND position finding with one device
d) Internet in caves (“Ethernet-over-Twisted-Pair“)
e) Cave telephones (wired)
You have a device to communicate in caves? Then please bring it with you.
Course Lead: Michael and Christopher Ross (ARGE Höhlen und Karst Stuttgart, Germany)
Duration: Friday afternoon


In Höhlen befinden sich besonders sensible Lebensräume mit Tierarten, die auf gleichbleibende Umweltbedingungen angewiesen sind. Doch bereits unsere Höhlenbegehungen können das Lebensumfeld verändern, Bauprojekte über und um Höhlen und Einzugsgebiete von Höhlengewässern sowieso. Um diese Arten nicht schon zu beeinträchtigen, noch bevor wir überhaupt von ihrem Dasein wissen, benötigen wir zusätzlich zu unseren Höhlenvermessungen auch Inventare für Höhlentiere.

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Caving-Photography: Illumination technique with Scurion®

Anyone can take pictures of sintered jewels in caves. But how can you bring out spaces, depths, profiles, structures? How to photograph undecorated caves? Is it possible to do that without several flash units? At the workshop we will take pictures in an alpine cave without sintered decoration, we will only illuminate with helmet lamps. Continue reading “Caving-Photography: Illumination technique with Scurion®”

Cave topography yesterday, today and tomorrow

The development of techniques in surveying, describing and visualizing underground cavities undoubtedly has advantages (e.g., accuracy of measurements) but also has problems such as a lack of standards. Evidently the needs have changed (for example 3D animations) so we have to think about how to merge data from decades ago recorded by analogue methods with new digital data. Continue reading “Cave topography yesterday, today and tomorrow”