Call for communications
Sport and science are intimately linked in the history of caving. Explorations and expeditions therefore play a vital role in the advancement of speleological and karstological knowledge at the scale of countries, continents and the planet.
Speleology confronts today with the development of leisure. Furthermore, the pursuit of prospecting and exploration in western countries comes up against the strong decrease of new areas to be explored and the need to focus on the pursuit of explorations and junctions, in particular by re-mapping the caves.
Currently, major explorations are taking place far or very deep underground (eg. Shuanghe, Guizhou-China and Voronya, Georgia). Remote expeditions, such as in Chilean Patagonia, favor the logistical approach and geographic discovery at the expense of depth and topography mileage. Therefore this symposium has the opportunity to take stock of the progress and current state of caving exploration in the 21st century.
Evolution and diversity of motivations, history of explorations, recent results, georeferencing, GIS, new topographic technics, lightening of ropes, diving, clearing obstructions, caving in high moutain, in equatorial, semi-arid, subpolar zones, marine caving, but also logistics, funding, group life in difficult conditions, various difficulties, perspectives, as many subjects to develop in communications.