Natural and Anthropogenic Impacts on Cave Climates

Natural and Anthropogenic Impacts on Cave Climates

Postojna and Predjama Show Caves (Slovenia)

1st Edition - October 12, 2021

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  • Author: Stanka Sebela
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128231036
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128229545

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Natural and Anthropogenic Impacts on Cave Climates: Postojna and Predjama Show Caves (Slovenia) presents an analysis of continuous time-series data for show caves in Slovenia and their significance in understanding global cave microclimates. The book presents detailed guidelines and procedures for conducting temperature and CO2 measurements in caves and uses Slovenian caves as a detailed case study to demonstrate their application. Critical interpretations of these temporal series provide the reader with specific indicators of the conditions for water condensation to occur and CO2 thresholds and how to apply them to different cave systems. Direct comparisons are made between microclimate data from caves with varying levels of tourism, and the linkage between the number of visitors and microclimate changes is discussed in detail. This book is a unique reference on cave meteorology for Climate Scientists, Meteorologists, Geologists, Microbiologists, Environmental and Conservation Scientists, and Cave Managers.

Key Features

  • Presents and analyzes an exceptional 10-year record of hourly time-series meteorological data of karst cave systems
  • Provides methods and guidelines for conducting meteorological measurements in caves with detailed case studies
  • Demonstrates the impact anthropogenic influences have on cave microclimates through real-time data analysis


Meteorologists and climate scientists, Environmental scientists/conservationists, geologists. Cave managers, microbiologists and ecologists, physical geographers

Table of Contents

  • 1. Introduction
    2. Purpose of research
    3. Similar studies Worldwide
    4. Methods
    5. Micro-climatic monitoring in show caves
    6. Sustainable use of show caves
    7. Conclusions

Product details

  • No. of pages: 284
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Elsevier 2021
  • Published: October 12, 2021
  • Imprint: Elsevier
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128231036
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128229545

About the Author

Stanka Sebela

Dr. Stanka Šebela has worked at ZRC SAZU (Karst Research Institute, Postojna, Slovenia) since 1988 and is currently professor at University of Nova Gorica and University of Primorska, Faculty of Humanities. She received her PhD in geology in 1995 (University of Ljubljana). Her research interests are: karst geology, geological mapping, monitoring of active tectonic structures, micro-climatic monitoring of caves, and sustainable use of caves for tourism. In 1998, she gained a post-doctoral Fulbright grant at USGS (Reston, Virginia) and Desert Research Institute (Nevada). She has scientific experience from exchange projects with University of Nevada Las Vegas (USA), Yunnan University (Kunming, China), Institute of Rock Structures and Mechanics (Czech Republic), M. Nodia Institute of Geophysics, Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University (Georgia), and others. Recently she has been involved in EC H2020 research infrastructure projects EPOS IP (European Plate Observing System Implementation Phase) and EPOS SP (European Plate Observing System Sustainability Phase).

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor, University of Nova Gorica and University of Primorska, Faculty of Humanities, Slovenia

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