Research of High Mountains Ecosystems
Head of the program: Associate Professor Otar Abdaladze
Participants of the program: Associate Prof. Maia Akhalkatsi, Associate Prof. Nugzar Zazanashvili, Assistant Prof. Ketevan Batsatsashvili, Assistant Prof. Marina Mosulishvili, Emeritus Prof. Gia Nakhutsrishvili. Program also involves MA and PhD students of the Ilia State University.
Contact person: Otar Abdaladze
mail: email@example.com, Tel.: 899 248 615
Summary of the Project
Alpine ecosystems have a huge impact on the human habitat. 10% of the world population lives in mountainous regions and over 40% depends on its recourses: accumulated drinking and irrigation water, wood, moving and pasture territories etc. After 40-50 years when population of the planet will double, role of the mountains will increase even more and major focus will be shifted towards flora of the alpine territories (especially ecotone of the upper border of the forests) as it will become major natural factor regulating storage of clean fresh water and its balance. That turns study of alpine ecosystems into one of the most important issues of global scientific and political program.
Research program is directed towards not only solving of purely scientific issues and attraction and preparing of new young scholars, but also intends to contribute to preservation of socio-economic and cultural recourses of Georgian alpine zones, their sustainable use and in case of necessity their restoration.
Goals of the program:
Research program sets the goal to conduct complex study of all actual directions of Georgian alpine ecosystem. This includes:
There are several projects realized in the frames of the program. Along with professors of the Ilia State University and their foreign partners BA, MA and PhD students are also actively involved in the research: