IGAR

Structure

PHYSHICAL GEOGRAPHY LABORATORY / Head: Dr. Sorin Geacu

Focus:
• Complex knowledge of regional geomorpholog of Romania;
• Geomorphic mapping general and detailed maps on various scales;
• Morphodynamic studies on the evolution of slopes and channels and the effects of neotectonic movements;
• Investigation of natural hazards with special reference to landslides, erosion processes, and earthquake-triggered geomorphic processes;
• Identification, mapping and characterisation (by means of quantitative and qualitative indexes) of the territorial units' elementary and complex topoclimates;
• Topoclimatic profiles, instrumental and visual observations of topoclimatic profiles in various local/time conditions and on different levels;
• The results are correlated with the regime of major climatic elements, marked out on various-scale topoclimatic maps and discussed in studies of climate-risk phenomena that have cascading effects on all environmental components;
• Research variables (genetic features, climatic events, durations and intensity) underlie the elaboration of climate maps to facilitate measures for diminishing destructive effects and ensuring sustainable development;
• Water researches over the past decade focused on: assessing water resources in various geographical regions and in small catchments, optimising the water circulations system within the Danube Delta area and including water analyses into regional risk studies in correlation with other natural and human environmental components.

Members: Dr. Petre Enciu, Dr. Carmen Dragotã, Dr. Mihaela Constantin, Călin Dănuţ, Daniel Ciupitu, Dr. Mihai Micu, Dr. Dana Micu, Dr. Marta Jurchescu, Dr. Cãtãlina Mãrculeţ, Dr. Loredana Mic, Dr. Cristina Dumitricã, Vasila Velişcu, Carmen Crãciun

ENVIRONMENT AND GIS LABORATORY / Head: Dr. Mihaela Sima

Focus:
• Assessing the impact of natural and human-induced processes on the environment at differnt spatial scales;
• Studies on man-environmental relationships in the context of Global Environemntal Change;
• Developing GIS methodologies for socio-economic and environmental vulnerability to hazards and climate chenge in different regions in order to assess resilience and adaptation capacity;
• Assessing and modelling land cover/land use dynamics;
• Assessing climate change impacts at regional and local scales;
• Complex integrated reseraches on natural protected areas in Romania;
• Investigations on landscape changes in relation with the triggered driving forces;
• Integrated spatial analysis and GIS applications in an interdiciplinary manner, incorporating information and research from differnt environmental studies.

Members: Dr. Ana Popovici, Dr. Ines Grigorescu, Dr. Diana Dogaru, Dr. Nicoleta Damian, Dr. Constanţa Emilia Boroneanţ, Dr. Gheorghe Kucsicsa, Cãtãlin Ciubuc, Cristian Gheorghiu

HUMAN GEOGRAPHY LABORATORY / Head: Dr. Bianca Mitricã

Focus:
• Contemporary transformations of geographical space;
• Studies on regional geography and historical and political geography, with highlight on current sustainable development chances, definition and analysis of rural development potential in critical geographical environments;
• Assessing the role of towns as dynamic polarising centres;
• The geographical study of economic activities on various space levels correlated with the demographic potential and natural environment resources;
• Complex socio-economic studies on different spatial scales (e.g. Buzau, Dambovita, Gorj, Hunedoara, Tulcea, Vrancea Counties etc.) and Development Regions;
• Distribution of economic activities (industrial and commercial), their dynamics and impact on the labour market and the local regional economic structure are issues tackled with the help of spatial analysis methods.

Members: Dr. Claudia Popescu, Dr. Daniela Nancu, Dr. Radu Sãgeatã, Dr. Irena Mocanu, Dr. Liliana Guran, Dr. Mihaela Persu, Dr. Dragoş Baroiu, Dr. Paul Şerban
Institute of Geography Romanian Academy